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PBC News & Comment: Ready For Beto?

O’Rourke’s loss to Ted Cruz sets up totally unconventional candidacy, but Beto has exceptional political skills, some of Obama’s traits….

Breaking:  Senate votes 59-41 to reject Trump's emergency declaration to fund border wall

--in his launch video, O’Rourke frames his run on the twin crises of climate change and political division, says it’s our last chance to fix them

--Florida Mayor Wayne Messam announces longshot bid based on canceling student debt

--Senate votes again to end US role in Yemen war, and GOP maneuvers to kill it

--NY subway ad poster for RBG’s book is defaced with anti-Semitic slur

--in Breitbart interview, Individual 1 uses Trump code to threaten right wing violence

--Trump grandstands as if he made the decision to ground 737 Max jets, as pilots hammer Boeing for not training them on nose-dive software

--in blatant discrimination that panders to Trump’s twitter followers, cruel ban on transgender service members is formally announced

--in private hearing, former temp AG Whitaker concedes that Trump did talk to him about interfering in Cohen prosecution

--nonbinding House resolution demanding public release of Mueller report passes 420-0 vote

--libel suit from Trump groping victim prods federal appeals court to rule that a sitting president can be sued in state court

--Trump administration’s challenge to California sanctuary laws faces tough questions from SF appeals court panel

--DHS boss Nielsen got a tough grilling on asylum law from new Dem Rep. Nannette Barrigan

--yesterday, Facebook outage forced it to use Twitter to explain service interruptions on FB, Instagram and WhatsApp

--Facebook’s data sharing deals are under federal investigation

--if you’ve seen the Oscar-winning film “Green Book”, listen to my podcast with Dr. Wilmer Leon about the wholesale re-write of Don Shirley’s life story

--Brexit chaos continues, as second referendum is ruled out, and a delay seems to be the only viable option