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PBC News & Comment: Cosby Convicted, As Trump Disowns Cohen

Sexual predators top the news, as jury convicts America’s Dad of all rape charges, and Trump self-incriminates on Fox….--your humble host believes the jury verdict, but is not comfortable with the testimony of other Cosby victims whose claims weren’t proven in court

--Michael Cohen has already taken the 5th, and the Stable Genius incriminated himself and Cohen in rambling call to “Fox and Friends” show

--retired judge is appointed Special Master to review Cohen’s files seized by US Attorney

--6 Dem senators voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as Sec State, we name the names

--let’s all drink to Ronny Jackson, Trump’s boozy pick for Veterans agency, who has withdrawn to spend more time with his rum & coke

--EPA director Scott Pruitt tries to fend off tough questions about a range of ethical and judgment issues

--despite Mitch McConnell’s opposition, Senate committee passes “protect Mueller” bill with 4 GOP votes, including the chairman, Grassley

--new report shows that super-secret FISA court rejected and modified record numbers of cases in 2017, but the reasons are, of course, secret

--France’s Macron got the royal treatment from Trump, and Germany’s Angela Merkel will visit the White House for a “working lunch”

--at ConsortiumNews, Norman Solomon slams the DNC for fighting WikiLeaks instead of Wall Street

--The Intercept outs #2 House Dem Steny Hoyer, as leaked audio recording shows he pressured Colorado progressive to drop out in favor of conservaDems

--The Intercept also has more from California race we covered yesterday, where former Republican and lottery winner Gil Cisneros threatened Dem opponent

--Pelosi offers weak defense of Hoyer’s elbowing of progressives

--after Greenwald exposed her weird claims of hacked Wayback Machine, Joy Reid cancels appearance on panel with gay mayor of South Bend, IN