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PBC News & Comment: Murky Endgame for Mueller Probe

In WashPost, former federal prosecutor Nelson Cunningham explains the legal landscape: Robert Mueller’s final report may never be made public…--read Cunningham’s analysis here

--GOP legal beagle Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy puts a little daylight between Intel report and his view

--Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats over unproven claims that Russia poisoned its retired double agent, Sergei Skripal

--at Buzzfeed, Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier add new details to the story of Felix Sater, saying he spent 11 years as agent for CIA, FBI

--listener and subscriber Dick Atlee in Maine tips us to absurd Mother Jones report suggesting that Russian discord sowers use GMO controversy to divide Americans

--parents of Seth Rich, who scolded media for exploiting their son’s death, sue Fox News in effort to exploit their son’s death

--Alex Jones is sued by Brennan Gilmore, who says he was falsely accused of involvement in death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville last year

--Trump’s border wall photo op included many lies, exaggerations and sheer idiocy

--the fate of Dreamers has lost political currency, so Trump tries new extortion pitch: trade DACA for funding for the wall

--Trump’s pick of “Bloody Gina” Haspel produces corporate media spin about her direct role in torture

--at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola nails it: Haspel is being promoted, not punished, because Obama blocked all accountability for torturers

--UC Santa Barbara Prof. Lisa Hajjar, in timely article, reviews “the afterlives” of torture

--one month after Parkland shooting, students stage nationwide events honoring the dead, demanding action

--in Pittsburgh special election, conservaDem Conor Lamb holds 641-vote lead

--Pentagon boss Mattis sneaks into Kabul, makes noises about non-military “victory” in Afghanistan

--from the Greed File: Trump names Larry Kudlow top economic advisor; Ben Carson’s wife helped pick the pricey furniture; Scott Pruitt’s special phone booth cost more than reported; Equifax exec charged with insider trading after the breach that’s not being investigated

--physicist Stephen Hawking, who inspired millions and lived with ALS for over 50 years, dies at age 76