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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Spy Chiefs Promote Vague New ‘Russian Meddling’

Continuing to promote the unproven “Russian meddling” claims of Obama’s team, Trump appointees peddle vague threats to the midterm elections…NBC exposed for false report of penetration of state election systems by Russians, and nobody seems concerned about manipulation by Americans

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola comments on the spook parade

–listener Joe Clerici tipped PBC that James Risen at The Intercept also covered the CIA’s bungled effort to reclaim stolen NSA cyberweapons, as CIA boss says “fake news”

–as immigration bills languish in Senate, McConnell drops poison pill that would punish sanctuary cities and states

–in Washington state, undocumented man called 911 to report an intruder, the cops arrested him and turned him over to ICE, while releasing the trespasser

–second federal judge challenges Trump’s decision to end DACA, leaving dreamers as hostages with $25 billion ransom demand for The Wall

–Trump’s budget plan to cut food stamps says “Let them eat snake”

–in effort to avoid campaign law violation, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims he paid Stormy Daniels to keep quiet in 2016 from his own funds

–after long avoidance of Trump’s “Pocahontas” barbs, Sen. Elizabeth Warren finally talks about it

–Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ordered GOP lawmakers to re-draw gerrymandered House districts, so Republicans threaten to impeach justices

–Taliban leaders send long open letter suggesting peace talks in Afghanistan

–Netanyahu lashes out at investigators over potential corruption charges that he compares to Swiss cheese

–yesterday, we mentioned the Moderate Rebels podcast about Vice news and its corporate backers; Vice is facing lawsuits from female employees re: equal pay

–my friend Pete McCloskey was featured in Olympics coverage about his service as a Marine in the Korean War