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PBC News & Comment: First, They Came For Alex Jones

Twitter bans Alex Jones and Infowars, but not the best known peddler of lies, hate and division, @realDonaldJTrump….–German pastor Martin Niemoller is credited with this from the 1950’s:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

–Barack Obama breaks his silence in Illinois speech, slams Trump for “politics of fear and resentment”

–Trump wants Justice Dept to track down “anonymous” op-ed writer, and threatens NY Times for publishing the commentary

–Trump and Giuliani use public comments to negotiate with Mueller over his questions

–in between Trumpmob rallies in Montana and North Dakota, 45 threatens China with more tariffs

–Supreme Court Confirmation Theater winds down, as Dems damage but don’t kill Kavanaugh nomination knowing that some of their own will vote for him

–secret negotiations between D’s and R’s break down, ending effort for “no hacking” truce

–allies of Ted Cruz use dirty tricks on challenger Beto O’Rourke in Texas

–at ConsortiumNews, Gareth Porter reveals how the establishments of both parties are trying to triangulate populism

–Turkey, Russia and Iran huddle in Tehran to talk about the war in Syria

–Trump plans to chair UN Security Council session during annual meeting

–US Customs launches new facial recognition system at Dulles, for now, Americans can opt out

–latest coverage of the Skripal case indicates that the former double agent wasn’t actually retired

–British detectives now think that Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov was poisoned prior to his murder last March

–France accuses Russia of satellite on satellite surveillance up there in space

–in Brazil, right winger who leads in presidential race is stabbed in public