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PBC News & Comment: Trumpcare Breaks All His Campaign Promises

Hours after celebrating attempted evisceration of Obamacare to fund tax cuts for rich, Trump offers praise for Australia’s single payer system….--we size up the winners, and big losers, of GOP health schemes

--NY Times editorial slams GOP for forcing unknown package through the House

--mystery opioid concoction, “gray death” lives up to its name

--Trump’s wrecking crew takes first step to undercut Dodd-Frank, as House committee rejects Dem amendments to move bill to floor vote

--in Sacramento, proposed law to lift binding arbitration in fraud cases responds to Wells Fargo scandal

--the whistleblowers who were fired by Wells Fargo for exposing fraud are reduced to footnotes in investigation

--Senate and House committees get active in Trump/Russia investigations, but they are already hopelessly compromised

--in our new in-depth interview, State Dept. veteran Peter Van Buren recalls the bad track record of State in recent years

--Trump’s executive order on “religious freedom” appears toothless, but panders to evangelicals who selectively interpret the First Amendment; read excellent op-ed by Amy Sullivan here

--in France, Sunday’s election seems to favor the centrist Macron, but nationalist LePen could pull a Trump-style “win”

--in South Korea, voting is underway to replace impeached president

--North Korea launches propaganda attacks on China and says it broke up US plot to kill Kim Jong-un

--in Somalia, Navy Seal is killed, first American fatality since Black Hawk Down in ‘93

--layoffs begin as all US automakers report 4-month decline in sales

--survivors of victims of San Bernardino shooting sue Facebook, Twitter and Google for enabling terrorist outreach, a sad and ridiculous claim

--also commented on: article by Finian Cunningham about US-British alliance against Russia that predates WWII