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PBC News & Comment: Fraud Conviction for America’s Most Hated “Pharma Bro”

Martin Shkreli, the young greedster who jacked up AIDS drug price by 5000%, is convicted of defrauding investors, faces prison…..–federal appeals court throws out sentences of Blackwater merceneries for killing spree in 2007 that left 31 Iraqi civilians dead

–special counsel Mueller has set up grand jury in DC, new leak reports

–following orders from Tweeter-in-Chief, AG Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, and possibly the journalists they leaked to

–Sessions also threatens action against states with legal weed

–methadone is critical for weaning opioid addicts, but NY Times reports only 1% of the nation’s jails permit it

–Trump basks in the adulation of West Virginia fans, as Gov. Jimmy Justice bolts Dems and joins GOP

–Trump promotes the cruel hoax of coal industry recovery, as workplace deaths of miners surge

–Trump’s tweet banning trannies in the military gets no support from military leaders, because it’s based on bullshit

Washington Post exposes Steve Bannon’s role as investor and executive in online gaming company that illegally sold virtual “gold” for cash

–our interview with international election monitor Dan Kovalik gave perspectives on Venezuela that contradict US media propaganda

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola shows complicity of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in blaming Maduro for violence by opposition

–as Congress takes a break from doing nothing, Mike Pence will meet with the Koch brothers and rich pals to scheme about “tax reform”

–beware of conservative Dems colluding with GOP on tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy

–Google’s war on “fake news” produces major drops in web traffic to lefty independent media sites