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PBC News & Comment: Supreme Court Confirmation Theater 2.0

Republican damage control for Kavanaugh in disarray as Dems gain momentary advantage toward goal of delaying vote on Court nomination….Guardian op-ed is example of overheated, partisan rhetoric, with headline “Rapists have no place on Supreme Court”

–just in time, Stormy Daniels publishes kiss-n-tell book

–Trump orders declassification of selected documents in Russia probe….will this expose the Fusion GPS network?

–the trade war won’t end quickly, as China retaliates against Trump tariffs

–Putin quickly de-escalates tensions with Israel after Syrians shoot down Russian plane, killing 15 Russians

–Russia and Turkey agree on demilitarized zone in Idlib battle

–UN issues blistering report on Myanmar ethnic cleansing, and we have comment from Jacqueline Bhabha, a distinguished professor at Harvard

–at UN General Assembly next week, TrumpCo will unveil unusual drug war plan that includes brutal nations like China, Saudi Arabia and Singapore

–leaders of North and South Korea are meeting in Pyongyang

–at ConsortiumNews, Pepe Escobar has some deep questions for The West

–Senate passes short-term spending bill, hoping to avoid Trump-threatened government shutdown

–as Florence’s floodwaters are expected to crest, concerns grow about breaches to ponds holding toxic coal ash and pig waste