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PBC News & Comment: Ecuador Pressures Assange to Vacate London Embassy

Ecuador says it has written agreement with Britain about extraditing Julian Assange, as former top embassy official denies Manafort visit….--as US rolls back access to contraception and abortion, Ireland makes abortion legal and free

--German conservatives pick likely successor to Angela Merkel, Annegret Kram-Karrenbauer

--in Afghanistan, election panel invalidates all votes in Kabul region in October election, but higher officials try to ignore their findings

--modest effort at sentencing reform, First Step Act, faces opposition from Sen. Tom Cotton, who falsely calls it “jailbreak law”

--Trump formally names former Attorney General Bill Barr to replace Sessions, will he recuse on Russia probe due to public comments critical of Mueller?

--Trump picks former Fox & Friends co-host Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador

--in Swiss interview, Tucker Carlson defects from Trump land, says Don is lazy, stupid

--Trump’s housekeeper at Bedminster Golf Club reveals she is undocumented

--EPA will weakend clean water rules to benefit farmers and golf course owners

--Mueller will report on Manafort’s lies and Cohen’s cooperation to judge today, making our Dear Tweeter very nervous

--new progressive members of House expose the corporate tilt of their orientation sessions

--in Michigan, lame duck GOP opportunists pass bills to constrain incoming Democratic electeds, but will outgoing Gov. Rick Snyder sign them?

--in Charlottesville, jury begins deliberations of accused racist who drove his car into counter-protesters and killed Heather Heyer