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PBC News & Comment: GOP Aide Says NSA Metadata Collection Has Ended

Adviser to GOP House leader says NSA phone metadata analysis program has been suspended and may not be resumed….–read the NY Times report here

–but the Post Office hasn’t stopped scanning your mail, reveals John Kiriakou at ConsortiumNews

–in ironic proof of “allegiance to AIPAC”, House Dems rush to censure Rep. Ilhan Omar for more honesty about Israeli influence on our government

–the estimable Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies sees the smears of Omar as hopeful sign of change

–and at The Intercept, Mehdi Hassan says the claims of anti-Semitism are gaslighting

–in new in-depth interview, journalist Tim Redmond and activist Eric Thrasher talk about public ownership of bankrupt utility, PG&E

–Guiado, Venezuela’s fake president, returns without being arrested

PBS acts as state media on Venezuela, presenting “ambassador” with no credentials and allowing him to lie without any challenge

–listener and generous support Paul Ellcessor shares FAIR’s criticism of media and Smedley Butler quote

–which dropped in my Inbox right next to this colorful dispatch from John Perkins, the recovering “economic hit man”

–and the international election observers of the 2018 Maduro victory tell EU that its claims of irregularities are “fabrications of the most disgraceful kind”

–a US-Saudi dual citizen reports being tortured at the Ritz Carlton prison

–Jerry Nadler flexes his power as Judiciary Chair, demands oodles of documents from Trump cronies, but says “impeachment is a long way down the road”

–Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tips the balance, Trump’s emergency decree will be rejected, forcing likely veto and lengthy legal challenges

–Trump appears ready to declare victory in trade war with China, but the costs have been great and the gains will me minimal

–as expected, Sacramento DA won’t charge the cops who fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, a black man armed only with a cell phone

–in Canada, a second cabinet minister has resigned, compounding problems for PM Justin (not Pierre) Trudeau

–in major accomplishment, a second HIV-infected patient has been “cured”