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PBC News & Comment: Conservatives in UK and US Defy Logic

British conservatives sunk May’s Brexit plan, rescued her next day; GOP Senate backed Trump on sanctions relief for Russian Derapaska…--Tories narrowly save Theresa May from no-confidence vote

--Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney led mini-filibuster that let Mnuchin decision stand, but media reports gloss over that part

--grandstanding on a dead issue, 130 House Republicans vote against easing sanctions

--Rudy 911 Giuliani muddies the waters on collusion, again

--in false-choice reduction sauce, Wired “access journalist” Garrett Graff panders to Russiagate fans

--as an antidote, Ray McGovern demands: Russiagate Evidence, Please”

--Michael Cohen admits he hired a firm to manipulate polls for Trump, and to tweet how sexy Cohen is

--Trump goes to Pentagon after US soldiers die in Syria, steals another page from Reagan by promoting Star Wars missile defense boondoggle

--new stats show family separations at the southern border started in August 17

--first of 3 trials begins for humanitarians being prosecuted for leaving water and food along migrant pathways in Arizona

--White House says Puerto Ricans don’t need food stamps…is this first step in diverting money to The Wall?

--American-born news anchor for Iran’s Press TV is arrested and detained…possible bargaining chip for American held in Tehran?

--NY Knicks center Enes Kanter would’ve been arrested and extradited to Turkey if he had gone with team to London, he’s wanted due to ties to Fethullah Gulen

--Monarch butterflies face extinction, new study shows 86% decline since last year

--Silicon Valley Rep. Anna Eshoo submits bill to kill telecom pre-emption of local government control in 5G wireless rollout

--in another likely frame-up of “domestic terror” suspect, FBI arrests Georgia man who was set up by his paid FBI informants

--in Chicago, 10th man is exonerated after cops framed him for murder, and the cops in the Maquan McDonald killing are being sentenced this week

--even though it was written for GOP House committee, new report affirms “culture of fear and retaliation in federal prisons”