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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Dirty Payback Doesn’t Make Brennan a Hero

Trump reprises the Nixon enemies list with targeted security clearance revocations, and anti-Trumpers rewrite John Brennan’s dark, ugly history….--at Jacobin, Branko Marcetic recaps the scandalous pasts of Brennan, Clapper and Hayden

--Ray McGovern comments on Brennan, the “ringleader”

--spooks rally around Brennan’s “unparalleled integrity”

--Trump says Bruce Ohr at Justice Dept is “disgrace”, next on hit list

--PBC’s skepticism of Russiagate costs him another subscriber, as Mark Brodsky says he’s part of “purity police”

--as tech companies purge “fake news” purveyors like Alex Jones, Twitter bans Peter van Buren while giving InfoWars a one-week “time out”

--Manafort jury #1 deliberates after defense rested without witnesses, suggesting a pardon strategy that Trump doesn’t deny

--Trump is forced to cancel his silly military parade, blames DC leaders

--in Chicago on 50th anniversary of bloody convention, DNC is poised to roll back role of superdelegates, as Norman Solomon comments

--but DNC chair Tom Perez led effort to undermine ban on donations from fossil fuel PACs, as Kevin Gosztola reports

--Pennsylvania report and revelations about former cardinal McCarrick expose ongoing sex crimes and coverup in Catholic church

--CDC says 72,000 Americans died of drug overdose last year