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PBC News & Comment: On Nukes and Media Law, Trump Shows Ignorance

Trump thinks he’s real smart, but displays dangerous ignorance on nuclear arsenal, and regulation of media he wants to silence…–digging into why Rexxon Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron”, NBC reports it was after July meeting where Trump called for massive increase in nuclear arsenal

–Trump suggests blocking license renewal for broadcast and cable networks, which don’t actually have licenses

–Ehud Barak, Israeli hawk and longtime Iran hater, urges Trump to stay in nuclear deal with Iran

–Madrid sets trap for Barcelona leaders, asking “did you actually declare independence?”

–Hobson’s choice at Guantanamo….military has stopped force feeding hunger strikers in game of chicken

The Guardian counted US deaths by police in 2015, and Harvard study shows police agencies misclassify info, reducing reported number of killings

–during white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Greg Palast’s cameraman shot video of black man being beaten; victim is now charged with assault

–journalist Steve Horn has joined The Young Turks, and exposes how FedEx and UPS push tax cuts for Job creation” as they use automation to reduce workforce

–Public Citizen wins court victory, mostly blocking disclosure of web visitors to inauguration protest site

–at The Intercept, Jon Walker gives honest appraisal of Obamacare defects, says Dems have quietly given up on private health care markets

NY Times reports that Israeli intelligence tipped NSA that it had been hacked via backdoor in Kaspersky anti-virus software

–my point-by-point rebuttal of Rachel Maddow’s Russiagate reporting failed to move at least one Maddow believer, and Caitlin Johnstone captures it well

–listener Jerry Fresia has comments on our interview with Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen