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PBC News & Comment: Progressives Push Pelosi Leftward

To regain Speakership, Pelosi plays “Let’s Make a Deal”, and progressives are winning some key policy changes in the process…

–as David Dayen reports, Progressive Caucus wins repeal of rule requiring supermajority for tax increases

–enviros still finding resistance to “Green New Deal” plans

–as we learn that Marathon Oil, Koch Bros. and ALEC are winning their fight to roll back auto emissions rules

–under Obama, climate change activists were treated like terrorists, new documents show it continued in 2016 with nonviolent event in Indiana

–one GOP vote from Sen. Susan Collins enabled passage of Senate resolution to expose donors to dark money nonprofits

–House likely to pass bill that ends taxpayer funding of settlements for sex harassment by members

–NJ Democrats scheme to expand one-party rule

–Republicans in Michigan double-cross voters again,scheming to limit ballot initiatives as they gut minimum wage increase they cynically approved just a few months ago

–to survive Parliament’s no-confidence vote, Theresa May had to promise not to seek re-election, leaving Brexit unresolved

–in Sweden, Yemen’s warring parties agree to immediate cease-fire at Hodeidah, offering some hope that famine will be eased

–but Republicans in both houses blocked resolutions to end US role in Yemen

–Turkey warns US it will attack US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria

–AP report adds some details to recent Gaza conflict sparked by shootout with covert Israeli team that had snuck into Gaza

–just in time for the “war on Christmas”, Scrooge McTrump orders deportation of legal Cambodian immigrants

–twin NY Times reports give whiplash: one says China is“treading lightly” with trade war, next reports escalation of diplomatic feud,2 Canadians are held

–Trump tweets excuses about Michael Cohen’s implication of The Donald, as National Enquirer owner admits to campaign law violations

–Maria Butina pleads guilty to one spying charge, her cooperation could prove links from Russians to NRA

–corporate tax giveaway enabled Apple to “bring home” $250billion in profits, and Apple will spend one of those billions on campus in Austin, Texas

–Nomi Prins, Wall Street whistleblower, reviews income and wealth inequality at the end of 2018