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PBC News & Comment: Trump Squanders His “Exoneration” by Mueller

At turns vicious and impulsive, Trump injects chaos into health care and immigration after political win from Mueller report summary….--within hours of DHS Secretary Nielsen’s announcement of agreement to reduce migration, Trump attacks the countries she negotiated with

--and Individual 1 ratchets up tensions with another threat to close Mexican border

--in his impulsive decision to try to eviscerate Obamacare in the courts, Trump scares his GOP allies and gives Dems a big opening

--federal judge deals TrumpCo another setback, blocking rules that allow for substandard coverage through association health plans

--Trump throws Betsy DeVos under the limo, reversing her (actually his) plan to cut federal funding for Special Olympics

--as Dems move to shore up Obamacare, Bernie Sanders firmly rejects incremental approach, as NY Times shows bias in reporting

--OxyContin profiteers, the Sackler family, accused of stashing assets in preparation for many lawsuits

--Dems hang tight on Russiagate, as Adam Schiff gets heated at Intel Committee

--Russian journalist’s op-ed says that Russians always knew there was no collusion

--in fresh in-depth interview here, State Dept. whistleblower Peter van Buren talks about Russiagate, and speculates on the real reason Trump fired Comey

--in fresh PBC podcast at WhoWhatWhy, lawyer Steve Volker explains ruling that blocks KeystoneXL construction, and expects appeal that Trump is above the law

--Brexit chaos continues, as deadline vote reject’s May’s plan, again

--former NSA contractor Hal Martin pleads guilty to mishandling classified documents, is not accused of espionage

--longshot suit to force Iran to pay damages for 9/11 loses in Luxembourg court

--in lengthy feature, NY Times explores how America’s policies toward Israel are dividing US politics

--CA Gov. Newsom blasts rogue, bankrupt utility P G & E for its plans to name new board members

--investors give Lyft a big lift, boosting IPO offering by 20%

--Pope Francis doesn’t want everybody kissing his ring