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PBC News & Comment: Saint James Comey’s Book Leaks Before it Drops

MSM drops everything for breathless coverage of fired FBI director’s new book, as Comey dishes on Trump with embarrassing anecdotes….–Democrats have invested heavily in Comey and Mueller, Republicans who presided over expanding police state—despite Comey’s role in Clinton email case

–Trump could be referring to himself, as he tweets that Comey is an “untruthful slime ball”

–Scooter Libby, convicted of perjury and obstruction in 2007 Valerie Plame case, gets pardon from Trump in move that makes sense to Trump, maybe

–in desperate effort to restore attorney-client privilege, Michael Cohen asks judge to block Justice lawyers from reading his files

–looming attack on Syria seems to be on hold after Pentagon boss Mattis asked for proof of Syrian chemical attack, and worried about escalation

–Britain attacks Moscow’s claim of “fake chemical weapons attack” as “blatant lie”

–Veteran Intel Professionals for Sanity send open letter to Trump demanding evidence before any attack is approved

–even Sarah Palin knows that US escalation in Syria is a bad idea!

–at Grayzone Project, Max Blumenthal exposes SAMS as front for USAID, undermining credibility of alleged chemical attack in Douma

–Senate Dems aren’t trying very hard to block confirmation of Pompeo as Secretary of State

–many Senate Dems did fight nomination of coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to #2 post at EPA, but lost in 53-45 vote

–initial reports of today’s Gaza protests show 1 Palestinian killed, hundreds injured

–California Gov. Brown sends 400 National Guard troops to border in response to Trump’s demand, but sharply restricts their mission

–federal judge in LA deals big victory to California, rejecting Trump threats to cut federal police funding over sanctuary laws

–Alice Speri at The Intercept exposes systemic sexual abuse in immigration prisons

–Britain adds more “evidence” to Skripal poisoning claims, from the Minister of Silly Talks

–Trump is going to show Jeff Bezos that Amazon is ripping off the Post Office, as 45 orders new study