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PBC News & Comment: Dems and Repubs in Deep Trouble

Under Tom Perez, pro-corporate, anti-Sanders people benefit from purge, as Steve Bannon rips into GOP establishment at California party convention…--many California Republicans cower as Bannon promotes Trumpist disruption, further weakening GOP here

--DNC meets in Las Vegas, as chair Tom Perez purges allies of Ellison and Sanders, names lobbyists and Clinton supporters to key committees and superdelagate jobs

--in Virginia, progressive candidate for Lt. Gov. is removed from campaign ads after opposing oil pipelines

--Trump’s blunders and lies about condolences move into week 2, as he rebuts the widow of Sgt. Johnson after her TV interview

--Trump’s “voter fraud” panel is in disarray, as 2 members go public with complaints of being left out of the loop

--at The Intercept, Lee Fang exposes lobbyist who wrote law to limit DEA actions against opiod distributors

--NY Times exposes DEA lies about botched raid in Honduras in 2012

--The Times published a video re-creation of the Las Vegas mass shooting, omitting any reference to a possible second shooter, omitting time of room entry

--the “gray lady” also reviews the work of Congressional investigations into the Russiagate narrative, which are all in disarray

--promoter of the Magnistsky story, Bill Browder, was placed on Interpol wanted list by Russia

--China uses casino magnate Steve Wynn as courier, and Trump calls for deportation of Chinese dissident who is Mar-a-Lago member

--undocumented pregnant teen “Jane Doe” seeks en banc review of her appeals of Trumpists who are blocking her access to an abortion

--new, damaging evidence against utility PG&E, which has huge backlog of repairs in Wine Country fire zones

--Gareth Porter shows how Trump’s Iran moves are driven by Netanyahu

--Rexxon Tillerson begs Saudi buddies to help create conflict with Iran, then makes secret visit to Afghanistan, days after mosque attack kills 67

--Spain officially moves to oust Catalan leaders and impose direct control

--from Prague: oligarch called “Czech Trump” wins sweeping victory

--Fox signed new 4-years deal with O’Reilly right after he made huge settlement in sexual harassment case last January

--highly articulate 11-year-old boy scout bounced from his pack after he asked tough questions of state senator