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PBC News & Comment: Trump Ends Obama’s Syria Blunders

Bolton and Mattis enraged as Trump ignores their advice and orders US troops out of Syria, ending Obama’s dual-track failures…–Kurdish militias who’ve been the only useful US proxy forces will be left to the mercy of Turkey, which appears to have none

–Russia, Turkey and Iran reach agreement to write new Syrian constitution

–hacked diplomatic cables reveal Chinese anger at Trump’s bullying on trade

NY Times reveals how Facebook shared personal data with corporate partners, as PBC is blocked after accepting offer to “boost post” on Tuesday podcast

–respected tech columnist John C. Dvorak was fired by PC magazine after August column challenging the safety of 5G Wireless

–at Flynn sentencing hearing yesterday, Judge Sullivan hammered both sides, asking my questions about why Flynn isn’t indicted for Turkey lobbying

–at ConsortiumNews, Ray McGovern tweaks Michael Issikoff for changing his tune about “collusion”

–Senate GOP signals no shutdown over The Wall, at least this week

–Senators congratulate themselves on “First Step” sentencing reform, but it has many critics

–at The Intercept, Natasha Lennard worries that this will be the “Only Step”

–at Truthout, James Kilgore—who wore an ankle bracelet for a year—argues that “reforms” of cash bail and sentencing are creating new prisons at home

–big surprise, as new Mexican president AMLO’s idea for economic development in Latin America gets swift pledge of $10 billion in US funding

–Gov. Jerry Brown was blocked by state supreme court after he pardoned convict to prevent his deportation