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PBC News & Comment: Gringo Trump Stokes Coup in Venezuela

In risky, unprecedented move, Trump tweets “recognition” of Venezuelan opposition leader who declared he’s replaced Maduro as military stands firm….--WashPost coverage oozes contempt for socialism as it features Pence and Pompeo’s support for coup

--Guardian runs op-ed by Maduro opponent who warns of “catastrophic US intervention”

--at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola offers a more accurate view

--Michael Cohen gets Senate subpoena after delaying House testimony following Mafia-style comments from Trump and Giuliani

--unbowed by Mueller smackdown, Buzzfeed still promotes its reports that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress

--Buzzfeed trumps Giuliani claim there were “no plans” for Trump Moscow project, by publishing some of the plans

--Buzzfeed deserves credit for exposing American Jewish consultants who used anti-Semitic attacks on George Soros

--Buzzfeed announces layoff of 200 employees, as Yahoo group fires 800

--Trump grandly defers to Speaker’s “prerogative” in postponing SOTU

--when shutdown ends, federal employees will get full back pay, and more; but contractors have no such promises

--new reports place 2018 as 4th hottest year ever

--CA Sen. Kamala Harris is running for prez, gets fawning interview from Rachel Maddow; Whitney Webb has a more critical look

--also at MintPress News, listener Ian Berman responds to unfair response to Michelle Alexander’s opinion column “breaking silence” on Israel/Palestine

--Assange lawyers file suits to expose US charges and stop Ecuador surveillance, as Gizmodo reports huge cache of WikiLeaks data has been grabbed by US

--American-born anchor for Iran’s Press TV Marzieh Hashemi is released after being forced to testify to secret hearing