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PBC News & Comment: Trump Massages Little Kim, With No Happy Ending

Trump continues bromance with Kim Jong-un, but walks out of Hanoi talks with no new agreement with North Korea…–North Korea’s foreign minister gives rare news conference to clarify Kim was only seeking “partial” sanctions relief

–Pelosi gloats over Trump’s failure, continuing Democrats’ anti-Trump anti-peace posture

The Nation’s Tim Shorrock pointed out the Dems’ position before the summit

–Day 2 coverage of Cohen testimony shows that many Republicans are willing to go down with/for Trump, and Dems are scared of impeachment

–near the hearing’s end, Chairman Cummings brushed off the racism shown by right wing nut Mark Meadows, one of 2 GOP designated attack dogs

–Trump and allies claim Cohen is totally unbelievable, except on Russian collusion claims

–Cohen confirmed Trump’s longtime bully tactics, which continue as he threatens Republicans who oppose his emergency decree

–impeachment is discussed by NY Times, John Nichols at The Nation, and Politico

–Paksitan offers to release captured Indian pilot, and confirms only 1 Indian jet was shot down

–after lengthy investigations, Israel’s attorney general will indict Netanyahu on 3 corruption charges

–Venezuela’s wannabe president, Juan Guiado is stuck in Sao Paolo with those Caracas blues, faces arrest on return

–6-week strike by Mexican auto workers gets covered in US media, ending blackout, reports World Socialist Website

–House Dems pass background check bill, after GOP wins procedural vote that will be used against Dems

–GOP court-packing rolls on, as Seattle lawyer is confirmed to 9th Circuit without approval of either senator from Washington state

–Mueller team admits error, submits new info in Manafort sentencing process

–in earnings report, rogue utility PG&E admits it probably caused fire that destroyed Paradise, but is still arguing about it in local press here