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PBC News & Comment: Judge Sets Trial Date for Abu Ghraib Torturers

After 10-year legal battle, federal judge rejects repeated motions, sets trial date for CACI contractors who tortured Abu Ghraib prisoners…–Center for Constitutional Rights persisted in fight for accountability, reports Shadowproof

–in in-depth interview, Dr. Jeff Kaye confirms that CIA had 2 separate torture programs, and one involved human experimentation to refine torture tactics

–GOP wimps like Sen. Lamar Alexander raise objections to Trump’s emergency declaration, but will they actually vote against it?

–in surprise shift, new president of Mexico AMLO is going along with Trump asylum policies to avoid “poking the bear”

–Russia and China block US resolution on Venezuela at UN Security Council

–in negotiations, US offers to exit Afghanistan in about 5 years

–in another premature ejaculation, Trump claims IS is 100% defeated….time for a big victory parade?

–UN Human Rights Council says Israel may have committed crimes against humanity in shooting deaths of 189 Palestinian protesters

–Canadian Justice Minister, since demoted, offers damaging testimony on Prime Minister Trudeau’s interference in legal case

The Guardian posts op-ed from Canadian journalist Leah McLarenon Trudeau’s troubles

–FDA warns against Canadian pharmaceutical imports, part of Trump scheme to raise drug prices in other countries

–Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces presidential bid based on climate change

–Gov. Cuomo takes a knee to Jeff Bezos, leads effort to beg Amazon to exploit New Yorkers with “2nd headquarters” in Queens

–Pelosi regains control of Dems in second gun bill, as AOC tells moderates they will be “primaried”

–federal judge in Texas stops GOP purge of voter lists

–why did it take Cohen’s testimony to draw attention to Trump’s check writer, Allen Weisselberg?

–Trump directly overruled just about everybody to force approval of security clearance for Crown Prince Jared