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PBC News & Comment: Sheriff Joe’s Pardon Faces Legal Challenges

Judge who sentenced Arpaio for contempt makes DOJ lawyers prove pardon’s legality as legal beagles file novel challenge, defending Constitution….–columnist Jennifer Rubin outlines potential roadblocks to pardon

–former law clerk defends the judge who Trump says treated Arpaio “unfairly”

–in Syria, US airstrikes attempt to block transit of IS fighters under Hezbollah truce, raising some difficult questions

–Israel’s Netanyahu exposes himself as a long-term liar, vowing to defend illegal West Bank settlements “for eternity”, just after Crown Prince Jared tried to talk peace

–Trump’s tweet about North Korea, “talking is not the answer” is countered by Pentagon chief Mattis

–US claims another success in carefully staged—likely rigged—missile defense test

–Mattis also slow-walks Trump order banning transgender service members, naming yet another panel to study the issue while maintaining status quo

–Trump pumps corporate tax cut schemes for companies that already pay little or nothing, pretending they will lead to growth of jobs and economy

–Trump will take credit for 3rd quarter 3% economic growth, but it undercuts argument for corporate tax cuts, which can add trillions to debt

–at 84, Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t senile, but she’s way out of touch with California voters, as she hopes Trump can become a good president

–Facebook joins others in avoiding Red Cross donations for Texas hurricane relief

–former prosecutor challenges Russiagate narrative in strong op-ed in Philadelphia newspaper

–as FCC prepares to gut Net Neutrality, deadline for comments arrives and Trevor Timm urges you to post comments at

–Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against NY Times is thrown out

–troubled by football brain injuries, ESPN analyst Ed Cunningham quits

–Kid Rock leads pack of Trump lovers running for US Senate