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PBC News & Comment: Indictments of Manafort & Davis Not Related to Election

Mueller unseals indictments for Manafort, partner plus garnish of guilty plea from Trump campaign aide Papadapoulos, 45 tweets “NO COLLUSION”….--for background, we begin with Joe Lauria’s excellent analysis of Democratic paid Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike, originators of “blame Russia” memes

--and we’ve learned that vulture capitalist Paul Singer was paying Fusion GPS for Trump research during primaries

--WashPost uses misleading frames to suggest that Manafort, Davis and Papadopoulos are all connected to Russian “meddling” in election

--read the Papadopoulos plea deal here, and the Manafort-Davis indictments here

--Trump and corporate media trade barbs about what it all means

--corruption continues in Ukraine under US-backed Poroshenko

--Puerto Rico cancels suspect contract with Whitefish Energy after Bernie Sanders visit

--California’s rapacious utility, PG&E, is asking to pass wildfire costs to ratepayers, even before investigators determine causes

--federal court blocks Trump’s ban on trannies in the military

--Kevin Spacey responds to assault allegation by finally acknowledging he’s gay

--following Madrid’s takeover of Catalonia, separatists leaders face sedition charges

--Dennis Banks, co-founder of American Indian Movement, dies at age 80