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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Shitstorm Soils All of US

Trump’s denigration of Haiti and Africa as “shitholes” produces backlash from left, and curious rationalizations from most Republicans and allies…–Trump offers weak denials, threatens to tape future meetings, but Sen. Durbin stands by his assertions

–in fresh, in-depth interview, Dr. Justin A. Frank, author of Obama on the Couch and Bush on the Couch, compares Trump’s comments to other pandering

–while Speaker Ryan deplored the comments, many Trump allies offer awkward defense of indefensible remarks

–Dr. Frank also comments on Trump’s insults to Kim Jong-un and the risks of war with North Korea, as Trump says he has “very good relationship” with Kim

–Trump cancels February visit to London, ignoring 1.8 million Brits who objected, and blaming Obama for the “bad deal” for new US embassy

–45 continues to hammer Iran over Obama’s “bad deal” and imposes new sanctions while certifying Iran is in compliance

–British professors challenge The Guardian’s hit piece on critics of Syria’s White Helmets in compelling opinion piece that The Guardian won’t publish

–CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou warns progressives not to trust Hayden, Brennan and Clapper

–new WashPo report on Russian hacking treats all of the Russiagate claims as fact

–Greenwald identifies Pelosi, Schiff and Swalwell as the Dems who gave crucial support to continuation of illegal surveillance on Americans, read it here

–more details emerge about Julian Assange’s grant of citizenship by Ecuador, and the tussle over his future

–New Orleans council unanimously approves resolution supporting BDS for Israel