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PBC News & Comment: Big Fail by MSM on Russiagate, Novichok 2.0

Corporate media fail to separate fact from assertions, distorting new Senate Intel report and blaming Russia for Novichok-blamed fatality….--Senate Intel updates its investigation and supports January 2017 “assessment” with no new evidence, or old evidence; read it here

--at ConsortiumNews, former US Ambassador to Russia Jack Matlock slams the report from 2017

--one notable exception is Philip Bump’s admission of weak evidence for the Russiagate narrative in the WashPost

--exposing another set of smears and lies from MSNBC “expert” Malcolm Nance, Glenn Greenwald fights back

--as Rep. Jim Jordan denies allegations he knew about sex scandal at Ohio State, allies blame Deep State actors

--blogger Marcy Wheeler reveals she turned in a source to Mueller investigators, but the story is murky

--British woman dies after alleged exposure to Novichok, producing new wave of yellow journalism, with theories and innuendo treated as fact

--former UK ambassador Craig Murray and journalist/MP George Galloway raise a host of important questions

--preliminary report from chemical weapons investigators found no trace of nerve agents in Douma, Syria

--British PM Theresa May suffers wave of resignations over Brexit as Trump comes calling with agenda of disruption for NATO, EU

--the readouts from US, North Korea after meeting with Pompeo were very different

--just before he resigned as EPA boss, Scott Pruitt killed regulations for the most polluting diesel engines

--Trump batters Obamacare again, suspending payments that will destabilize insurance markets

--GOP governor in Kentucky threatens to gut Medicaid benefits after judge blocks work requirement

--world watches as Thailand rescues soccer team from cave

--Ed Schultz, a big player in progressive media for past 15 years, dies at 64