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PBC News & Comment: After 60-hour Shutdown, Dems Blink

Moderate Democratic Senators, many fearing re-election, collapse after McConnell delivers promises for DACA vote soon—but can he be trusted?....--Trump’s ever-shifting demands muddy the waters, prevent resolution

--millions of women marched on Saturday all over the nation, but lack focused message or set of demands

--San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer continues to focus on impeachment, as Dem leaders avoid it

--MeToo was a unifying theme for many marchers and at the SAG Awards, where leading men were treated like extras and Mean Moms won attention

--GOP house leader bumped from Ethics Committee after revelation of settlement with former employee who rejected his advances

--Whoops! NSA lost eavesdropping data critical to lawsuits, and FBI can’t locate text messages at center of controversy

--at ConsortiumNews, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern offers history of past erros that led to zero accountability

--NY Magazine publishes a fair article on Glenn Greenwald’s skeptical view of Russiagate

--at Guantanamo, prosecutors demand to keep torture evidence secret, ensuring an unfair trial

--man from Columbus, OH who went to Syria and trained with al-Nusra is sentenced to 22 years

--on Mideast trip, VP Pence offends king of Jordan, and quotes Bible to Knesset in Israel as Palestinian lawmakers are ejected after protest of embassy move

--Pennsylvania’s supreme court rejects gerrymandering, orders new Congressional boundaries to be drawn

--NJ Dem Sen. Bob Menendez will be re-tried on corruption charges

--after defending a bishop in Chile, Pope Francis apologizes and tries to remove papal slippers from mouth

--LA coroner releases report on Tom Petty’s death from pain killers, and his family invites others to learn from his errors