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PBC News & Comment: Hannity and Pruitt, Greedy and Secretive

Investigations reveal that Sean Hannity uses HUD financing in real estate empire, and EPA chief Scott Pruitt rewards Okie cronies….–following Michael Cohen disclosure, reporters find Hannity’s $90 million real estate portfolio, partly funded by HUD, secreted in shell companies

–as Pruitt faces at least 10 different investigations, NY Times exposes sweetheart deal with SBC lobbyist that involved Wagner and Kelly, now in top EPA jobs

–Dems bet it all on the Victim Card, as new DNC lawsuit against Trump, Russia and WikiLeaks blames 2016 loss on everyone but Clinton

–Glenn Greenwald and Trever Timm deride DNC lawsuit as serious threat to freedom of press

–in bizarre lament by Amy Chozick, NY Times reporter who covered Clinton campaign, we get election-night HRC fingering of unnamed “they”, Chozick’s admission as Russian tool

–GOP extremists forced release of Comey notes, which has backfired and appears to have strengthened perceptions of Comey

–Dems could’ve blocked Pompeo confirmation, but Manchin, Donelly and Heitkamp defect in showing of cowardice and self-interest

–retired law professor Marjorie Cohn reviews new war powers bill, which appears to be worse than the status quo

–French President Emmanuel Macron gets the full Monty in state visit, will try to persuade Trump to stay in Iran deal

–as he hopes to scuttle Iran nuclear agreement, Trump is pumped by recent moves by Little Kim…but is he bluffing the world’s greatest dealmaker?

–14-year-old Palestinian boy among 4 killed by Israeli snipers Friday in Gaza

–actress Natalie Portman singles out Netanyahu in declining Genesis Prize, and says she doesn’t support BDS, even though she is B’ing in this case

–at ConsortiumNews, Gareth Porter posts part 2 on Skripal case

–Bernie Sanders introduces plan to guarantee jobs and health care for all Americans