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PBC News & Comment: Dems Tip Senate Vote to Evade War Powers

As Saudi prince visits Washington, Senate Dems provide vote margin to abrogate responsibility for war powers; US role in Yemen continues….10 Democrats enable Trump to continue US partnership with Saudi Arabia in its bloody war, as Trump praises Saudi Arabia as great customer of US weapons

–Israeli government finally confirms its bombing raid on alleged Syrian nuclear reactor site in 2007, uses it to threaten Iran

–in new in-depth interview, Alison Weir details Israel’s worldwide web trolling and information management program, which fights facts with propaganda

–Turkish forces continue war on Kurds in Syria, and Erdogan says he will advance into Iraq, too

–in latest White House leak, Trump’s refusal to use talking points in Putin phone call is exposed, and he’s pissed

–Trump has gotten some White House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, some with $10 million penalty

–Trump-Putin phone call may lead to meeting, which may lead to arms control talks

–another government shutdown looms on Friday, as leaders exclude members from negotiations, and even the content of the massive spending bill

–critics of The Wall note that Coast Guard intercepted over 5,000 pounds of cocaine on the high seas in past 2 months

–spending bill may carry the “Cloud Act” as an amendment, ACLU warns of threat to 4th amendment, and prospect of other governments spying on Americans

–Senate Intel committee issues recommendations on election security

–Greg Palast says Cambridge Analytica’s targeting doesn’t compare with Karl Rove’s

–in Illinois primary, Dems retain Rep. Dan Lipinski and choose billionaire J.B. Pritzker to challenge GOP millionaire Bruce Rauner

–Montana judge goes easy on Valve Turner, orders restitution but no jail time for Leonard Higgins

–Austin police report that bombing suspect blew himself up as they closed in

–in Robin Williams biography, actress Pam Dawber says Mork groped Mindy