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PBC News & Comment: National Emergency Only Exists in Trump’s Twisted Mind

Failing to bend Congress to his faux reality, Trump tramples the Constitution and makes up data to fund his wall….--Dems and others will sue to block it, but impeachment is the best response

--Yale law professor Peter Schuck excoriates Congress for the law that enables Trump’s scheme, and urges them to block it

--SCOTUS will ultimately decide, and today’s decision to bypass appeals court and take up Census citizenship case isn’t encouraging

--former AIPAC staffer details how “the Benjamins” maintain the Lobby’s influence

--The Guardian reports that pro-Israel donors spent $22 million of lobbying and contributions in 2018

--academics Mearsheimer and Walt, who wrote the book on the Lobby, are interviewed by Jeff Schectman at WhoWhatWhy

--Amazon’s petulant pullout from Long Island City proposal draws telling responses from apologists for unbridled capitalism

--at UN, Venezuela fights US-backed coup attempt, with support from about 50 nations

--in Warsaw, Pence lectures Europe on its refusal to join Trump’s folly in breaching Iran agreement

--Sputnik reports that BBC producer’s investigation shows that reported chemical weapons attack in Douma was fabricated

--Trump draws possible GOP challenger, former Mass Gov. Bill Weld

--Michael Avenatti resurfaces with new R. Kelly sex tape, as Ryan Adams faces FBI investigation for sexting 14-year-old girl

--one of America’s perpetual political gadflies, Lyndon LaRouche, is dead at 96