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PBC News & Comment: Britain’s Flimsy Novichock Claims Are Dissolving

British leaders scramble to defend unproven assertions of Russian responsibility for Skripal attack as experts waffle and Yulia Skripal speaks….--Boris Johnson’s exaggerations belatedly produce some skepticism, demands for evidence

--Craig Murray’s challenges are validated by latest reports

--great news! Joe Lauria named editor-in-chief at ConsortiumNews

--Ray McGovern publishes private note from Poppy Bush about the”crazies” who worked for W, notably John Bolton

--ProPublica recounts Bolton’s abrasive style, and addiction to dodgy intel

--will California join other states observing Trump’s decree to send National Guard to the Mexican border? Will Native American tribes offer sanctuary to immigrants?

--Facebook’s Zuckerberg issues mea culpa, offers action plan, and admits that 87 million had data scraped by Cambridge Analytica

--Trump White House throws shade over EPA wrecker Scott Pruitt

--following shooting at headquarters, YouTube feels the pain of wild conspiracy theories like the kind it often promotes

--new study shows Muslim suspects get sentences 4 times longer than others, and 7 times more coverage

--NYPD settlement bans future profiling and spying on Muslims after 6-year battle

--red states embrace evangelical junk science to permit “abortion reversal”

--2 worthy items at NY Times:

--UMich computer science Prof. Alex Haldeman delivers entertaining video take down of US election security

--Rukmini Callimachi’s year-long research of Islamic State explains how they funded their caliphate, and it wasn’t from oil

--Brazil’s Supreme Court sends Lula de Silva to prison, enabling rise of anti-corruption evangelicals