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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Ignorance on Display From France to California

In France, Trump’s behavior and tweets embarrass US, again; his comments on California’s devastating wildfires expose his willful ignorance, again….--these wildfires aren’t forest fires, but Trump blames forest management in lame effort to divert attention from climate change

--Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise appears to be caused by utility; Woolsey Fire that rages in Malibu reportedly started at federal nuke/rocket site

--armchair experts resurface to deny climate change, and blame firestorms on geoengineering and direct energy weapons

--in France, Trump bailed on visit to WWI cemetery to avoid bad hair day, and blasts Macron for his comments about nationalism

--last Friday, there were signs of reduced tensions, but Israel sent a covert team into Gaza Sunday night, triggering rocket fire and Israeli retaliation

--UN reports that Iran is in compliance with nuclear deal

--federal judge in Atlanta orders Georgia to delay certification and resolve issues over provisional ballots and absentee ballots invalidated over minor issues

--before that order, 12 Georgia counties rushed to certify results that are, at least, incomplete

--WhoWhatWhy says it’s a matter of which votes won’t be counted

--Trump and media allies are furiously lying about voter fraud and other claims, want to lock in election night numbers

--Florida judge finds zero evidence of fraud, tells GOP to back off from unfounded claims

--House Dems have gained 32 seats for sure, could reach 40

--most-watched freshman Ocasio-Cortez joins climate activists in Pelosi’s office—was it a protest, or support for Pelosi?

--Dem Senate leader Schumer timidly talks of “constitutional crisis” in Whitaker AG appointment

--SF city attorney and Maryland AG both file challenges to Whitaker appointment

--attempted border crossings reach new peak, and Trump gets ready to fire DHS boss Nielsen….is Kris Kobach angling for the gig?

--as Turkey offers proof that KSM was alerted when Khashoggi was dead, US is not persuaded

--in UK, Brexit heads to showdown

--Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal runs blockbuster that shows that Trump was directly managing hush money deals

--Tom Steyer renews call for impeachment

--White House is adjusting the narrative on the lockout of CNN’s Acosta

--hate crime reports jumped 17% during 2017