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PBC News & Comment: Trump Defies Courts, Issues New KeystoneXL Permit

Plaintiffs who won injunction—upheld by appeals court—file fresh challenge to Trump’s March 29 “presidential permit” for KeystoneXL construction…--as attorney Steve Volcker predicted, Trump claims to be above the law

--Pennsylvania’s Dem Governor, Tom Wolf, is under fire for overriding state environmental agency in approving Mariner East 2 pipeline

--Julian Assange remains at Ecuadorian embassy in London, as an embassy official is sacked and President Moreno faces major protests over corruption scandal

--Assange friend Craig Murray offers advice at ConsortiumNews

--Trump purges Homeland Security Dept, firing Kirstjen Nielsen, head of Secret Services and 2 department heads as he threatens “tougher” approaches

--Nielsen spent 2 years implementing and defending Trump’s outrageous policies, and Rush Limbaugh says she refused order to close the border

--NY Times editorial sizes up Nielsen’s work

--Trump likes interim, acting cabinet officials, so he can push them around

--new documentary, The Brink, offers interesting angles on Steve Bannon’s post-White House actions, but lacks crucial context and few judgments

--in fresh, in-depth interview, Trevor Aronson of The Intercept returns to talk about uneven use of “domestic terrorism” laws, and extremists who are influenced by Trump

--Facebook bans more white nationalist groups, based on fuzzy criteria

--in election-eve gift to Netanyahu, Trump declares Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is 11-million member terrorist organization, Trita Parsi comments

--in desperate effort to win election, “King Bibi” says he will annex West Bank settlements

--showing some political courage, Beto O’Rourke calls Netanyahu “racist”

--embracing anti-Semitic tropes at pro-Israel rally in Las Vegas, Trump and pals taunt Rep. Ilhan Omar hours after Trump supporter threatened to kill her

--at The Intercept, Robert Mackey details Trump's comments in Las Vegas