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PBC News & Comment: TrumpCo Joins Anti-Russian Hysteria

Augmenting Britain’s claims of Russian nerve agent attack, US says Russian hackers can sabotage our power plants, using dubious “evidence”….NY Times breaks the story, linked to new sanctions announced Thursday

–but they left out the “evidence”, a reconstructed screen shot, available here

–the Russian whistleblower who revealed Novichok agents says “Russia did it, or someone who read my book” which contained formulas, reports Moon of Alabama

–with Putin’s re-election Sunday all but assured, Kremlin plans response

–British opposition leader Jeremy Corbin is blasted for skepticism of May’s claims

–in our new, in-depth interview, Prof. Lisa Hajjar lays out the facts of CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel, read Hajjar’s commentary at The Nation

WashPost publishes John Kiriakou’s powerful rejection of Haspel

–Haspel would inherit Mike Pompeo’s killer squads

–My Lai massacre in Vietnam was 50 years ago today; US invasion of Iraq was 15 years this month; Syrian war marks 7 years today

–Trump expands the trade wars, targeting China with $30 billion-plus in tariffs

–Mueller has subpoenaed all Trump Organization documents related to Russia

–Don, Jr gets divorce papers from wife Vanessa

–after Senate passes dangerous banking bill, House chair promises to make it worse

–black man who was beaten at Charlottesville gets frivolous counter-charges dismissed

–Southern Poverty Law Center apologizes to Max Blumenthal and others after it posted article smearing them as Russian stooges

–ACLU sues over detention of asylum seekers

–in California, immigrant couple dies after fleeing from random ICE roadside stop

–Limbaugh blames Obama for pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida

–Louis Slaughter, upstate New York congresswoman with southern accent, dies at age 88 during 16th term in office