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PBC News & Comment: Trump Dumps Rexxon, House Intel Ends Probe

Trump tweet’s Tillerson firing, and musical chairs move torturess to CIA boss, as GOP-run House Intel ends its useless Russiagate investigation…..--leaks to Bloomberg say Mueller almost finished with obstruction case, but might wait to file charges

--Roger Stone’s claims of contact with WikiLeaks are scrutinized, but Assange denies them

--Tillerson’s firing follows thankless “shithole apology tour” of Africa, and many slights from our Dear Tweeter

--at The Nation, John Nichols says Pompeo is top protégé of Koch brothers

--Gina Haspel, nominated to run CIA, will be first woman, and the first with direct experience with torture, to run the spy agency, as John Kiriakou has revealed 

--“The CIA Takeover of the Democratic Party, by Patrick Martin, is a must read

--Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas launches massive polling project, says data instruct Dems not to run against Trump and impeachment

—in Guardian op-ed, Walter Shapiro shows how effective Nancy Pelosi is as GOP target, and oh-so-politely suggests that she retire, pronto

--in the Senate, Tim Kaine leads Dem sellout on Crapo banking bill with amendment he hopes will never get a vote, as David Dayen reports

--Britain’s claim of Russian responsibility for nerve agent used on former double agent raises many legit questions

--Trump’s body man, John McEntee, is mysteriously fired, frog-marched from White House, and named to post in Trump re-election operation

--as Trump stages photo op for The Wall at Mexican border, ICE flack in San Francisco quits in protest of false info promoted by Trump and Sessions

--here at, we are posting the interview with Carlos Hidalgo, who describes his experiences in an ICE prison in California

--in Gaza, roadside bomb apparently targeted Palestinian prime minister

--Iranian American who refused to become an informant under FBI pressure draws 3-month prison term

--Chinese legislators lift term limits so Xi Jinping can rule indefinitely

--Vice is first to report on new ethnic cleansing in Congo, and also reports that Myanmar is building military bases in burned-out Rohynga villages