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PBC News & Comment: Washington’s High-Stakes Game, ‘I’ve Got a Secret’

Ancient TV game show, I’ve Got A Secret, is model for the current high-risk game of leaking and releasing classified info….--watch Ronnie Reagan on the game show here

--TrumpCo makes some redactions, sends Nunes memo back to Nunes for release

--under attack, FBI and Justice square off against Nunes and Trump, with Dems tossing eggs from the peanut gallery

--leakstorm continues, with CNN reporting on Peter Strzok’s role in re-opening of Clinton email investigation in October, 2016

--in likely leak from Mueller investigation, NY Times reports on interviews with Trump staffers about 45’s role in drafting misleading press statement

--at The Intercept, Trevor Aaronson explains the rationale and precedents behind FBI and DOJ arguments for keeping memo secret, and it’s about other secrets

--court rules that protections for head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are valid, but don’t apply because the post was vacant

--CFPB shuts down Office of Fair Lending with bullshit explanations

--Wall St. whistleblower Nomi Prins identifies the key administration players who are reducing regulation and enforcement, cruising to another meltdown

--another test of America’s oversold “missile defense” fails off Hawaii

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--NY Times reports that dictators like Egypt’s al-Sisi are even more autocratic since Trump discarded human rights promotion

--The Guardian cites former Bush-era supporters of Guantanamo who warn that keeping the prison open is a huge blunder

--from the Syrian-Turkish border, NY Times reporter warns of conflicts between US and Turkish troops, and relays naïve beliefs by Kurds of US support

--UN human rights agency has compiled list of 200+ companies doing business in occupied West Bank

--Israel, after interfering in free speech rights of Americans regarding BDS, interferes in Poland to preserve free speech about the Holocaust

--Jacobin posts roundtable on Brazil and Lula

--Real News report sounds alarm on huge oil spill in E. China Sea