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PBC News & Comment: Al Franken Resigns, as House Dems Reject Impeachment

With a little defiance and digs at Trump and Roy Moore, Al Franken announces he will resign from the Senate–the move divides Democrats, who predict Moore and Trump will be permitted to stay, despite facing more serious sex charges

–half of Franken’s accusers remain anonymous, and the initial accusations were clearly politically motivated

–on Fox “News”, sympathy for “lynch mob” treatment from serial adulterer Newt Gingrich

–of 194 Democratic House members, 127 voted against Rep. Al Green’s impeachment resolution yesterday

–Trump’s reckless move to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital sparks protests, rocket fire, excessive Israeli response, and Hamas declaration of war

–most Mideast experts slam Trump, from Rashid Khalidid to Tom Friedman

–new FBI Director Wray defends his agency regarding Russia probe, and gets flack from GOP Rep. Ted Poe on surveillance

–TrumpCo plans to continue FBI and NSA domestic surveillance even if FISA law isn’t renewed by December 31

–in coverage of defects in Senate tax cut bill, NY Times ignores the big blunder that produced $300 billion problem for corporate tax cuts, as Slate reports

–Pelosi slams California Repubs who voted for tax bill that allows deductions for hurricane losses, but not wildfire losses in CA, now $9 billion and rising

–contradicting claims from Trump and others that tax cuts will add jobs, GE and rival Siemens will cut combined 18,000 workers

–GOP is expected to pass short-term budget bill, delaying fight to Dec 22

–some Republican legislators are pushing to end DACA hostage situation, but with conditions

–FBI is investigating claims of sexual abuse at corporate-run immigration prison in Texas

–PBC corrects comment from yesterday: federal charges against accused immigrant Zarate are not double jeopardy, just political grandstanding

The Guardian reports that the current election crisis in Honduras is related to Obama/Clinton interference in 2009

–Quickies: Weinstein & Co. accused of racketeering; Dr. Larry Nassar gets 60 years for abuse of gymnasts; cop who killed Walter Scott gets 20 years; Orlando cop with PTSD from Pulse nightclub melee is fired; MSNBC reinstates Sam Seder

–election protectors demand that Alabama retain ballot images in Senate election

–in New York, the Met refuses demand from morality police to remove painting