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PBC News & Comment: MSM Discovers Democrats’ Recruiting Strategy

3 weeks after Patrick Martin published report on former spies and soldiers running for Congress, Politico and WashPo catch up...--new reports don’t mention intelligence veterans, just military vets: Politico story is hereWashPo report is here , and original WSWS series is here

--The Intercept burns another leaker, as black former FBI agent is charged with leaking, to The Intercept

--FBI framed 3 white guys in Kansas, defense lawyers claim

--in Orlando, jury gets the case against Noor Salman, widow of Pulse nightclub shooter, in trial riddled with FBI and prosecution misconduct

--Maha Ahmed at The Intercept details the serious abuse Salman got from her husband

--American photojournalist Matt Schrier, held captive in Syria, blasts Mueller and Comey for FBI handling of the case, on Fox News

--protests continue in Sacramento over cop killing of Stephon Clark, whose brother Stevonte disrupted City Council meeting as Mayor Steinberg kept his cool

--Russia returns fire, expels 60 US diplomats and closes US embassy in St. Petersburg

--in alleged poison attack, Yulia Skripal’s condition improves as investigators say the toxic substance was on the front door of Skripal’s house

--as expected Trump fired VA Director Shulkin, and passes over Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil to appoint White House doctor as replacement

--federal courts stand firm in blocking Trump’s sick attempts to ban transgender soldiers

--Trump renews attacks on Amazon

--Trump attorney Michale Cohen’s attorney is cornered, and says Trump was not aware of Cohen’s hush money for Stormy Daniels

--Fox host Laura Ingraham smeared Florida activist David Hogg; he led boycott of her advertisers, and she apologized

--Oklahama has raised taxes for first time in 28 years to give teachers a raise, but they will walk out Monday because it’s not enough

--new stats on opioid abuse in California show 775% increase in OD drugs