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PBC News & Comment: Dems Fight For Dreamers as Govt. Shutdown Nears

After last-minute meeting with Trump, Schumer reports “no deal” as GOP hypocrites dangle CHIP extension and try to blame Democrats….--both sides posture and bluff, but Dems hold firm on DACA—whoever picked January 19 deadline has deflated Trump’s one-year celebration at Mar-a-Lago

--poll shows public blames Republicans for impending shutdown by 20 points

--Supreme Court takes up Trump Travel Ban 3.0 and blocks lower court ruling that ordered new Congressional district lines in North Carolina

--fresh data confirm that 2016 and 2017 were hottest years on record

--Amazon’s “race to the bottom” contest identifies 20 cities as finalists

--both the Trump and Clinton camps are telling supporters that the Russiagate scandal is about to break their way, bigly:

--House Intel Republicans talk up secret 4-page memo detailing “FISA court abuse”

--both sides cherry-pick transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson

--pro-Trump outlet The Epoch Times publishes graphic chart outlining the Trump version of collusion: by Clinton campaign, FBI, and Obama appointees

--the same source reports that pop star Moby was recruited by CIA friends to post anti-Trump talking points

--at The Nation, James Carden asks why the media is blacking out Simpson’s testimony about billionaire Bill Browder, father of the Magnistsky Act

--Russiagate promoter Seth Abramson cherry-picks from Simpson’s testimony to House Intel, focusing on Trump’s corrupt deals with Russians

--Vice cherry-picks its favorite parts of the House transcript

--Rachel Maddow went deep on McClatchy’s thin report on NRA ties to Russian banker, and suggest that rubles were snuck into Trump campaign, with no proof

--Robert Parry of Consortium News, one of the most important observers of Trump/Russia, is hospitalized following December stroke

--pro-Israel and anti-BDS, Kenneth Marcus glides to confirmation at Education Dept. civil rights post

--listener Ian Berman comments on Rexxon Tillerson’s shifting policies on Syria

--ACLU wins suit demanding disclosure of Stingray and other surveillance toys

--in long report based on Snowden archives, The Intercept warns that NSA has very sophisticated voice print technology

--the only decent coverage of Chelsea Manning’s Senate bid is in The Guardian

--report says Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock acted alone, ignoring real-time evidence of multiple shooters

--TSA in Newark actually intercepted fake bomb in test by unnamed media group

--LA Times votes to unionize the newsroom

--in Hawaii, porn viewing surged after missile attack false alarm