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PBC News & Comment: Manafort Deal Shows There’s Not Much Russia in Russiagate

Manafort’s plea deal triggers jubilance among Russiagate promoters, but Mueller prosecutors admit his convictions aren’t related to Russian “election meddling”…–for a dose of realism, we turn to Aaron Maté at The Nation

–confirmation hearings will likely be delayed after Kavanaugh’s accuser from high school days says she will testify before Senate committee

–this late hit is a high-risk maneuver that could unify Dems and peel off some GOP votes—or it could backfire, bigly

–MeToo backlash as Asia Argento threatens to sue Rose McGowan

–GOP Rep. Chris Collins, fighting criminal insider trading charges, changes his mind and will stay on the re-election ballot

–billionaire former NYC mayor Bloomberg floats trial balloon for 2020 run for prez as Democrat

–Trump and Pompeo blast John Kerry for meeting with Iranian foreign minister, and claim Kerry undermined US policy

–in in-depth interview, author Jordan H. Carver talks about his unusual perspectives on America’s rendition, torture and detention adventures under Bush II

–in strong op-ed, ACLU’s Brett Max Kaufman blames Obama for Trump’s less-regulated use of drone warfare

–Obama’s attacks on whistleblowers and journalists authorized use of FISA court to pursue reporters, reports The Intercept

–Border Patrol agent confesses to 4 murders after 5th woman escapes abduction

–Justice Dept tries to suppress evidence that Border Patrol targeted humanitarian volunteers aiding migrants