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PBC News & Comment: Is TrumpCo Planning ‘Shock and Awe” for Iran?

Ignoring many obvious risks, Mike Pompeo is leading Trumpers into conflict, as rumors surface of plan for “massive” attack on nuke complex….--Caitlin Johnstone is monitoring the reports

--after bullying Mexico on migration, Trump seems to think he can bluff Iran without major consequences

--with no Pentagon leader, Pompeo is in the driver’s seat, and he keeps hinting that 2011 AUMF allows attack on Iran; many Dems, and some Repubs disagree

--UK, France and Germany are trying to save the Iran agreement

--Pentagon trots out explosives expert who claims evidence on attacked tanker has “striking resemblance” to Iranian limpet mines

--last year’s chemical incident in Douma, which US blamed on Syria, gets thorough review by Aaron Maté at Grayzone

--new acting defense secretary Mark Esper, former Raytheon exec and lobbyist, only got 2 hours’ notice of his elevation

--UN report on Khashoggi assassination shows careful planning and holds Saudi State responsible

--Dutch prosecutor indicts individuals and says he has more evidence in shootdown of MH-17: can he prove that Russia was responsible?

--at MintPress, a detailed review of the UN torture expert’s comments about Assange

--as AOC continues to hammer border “concentration camps”, Speaker Pelosi warns Dems to choose their words wisely

--federal appeals panel doesn’t call them “concentration camps”, but slams administration for claiming it’s OK to deny minors basic necessities

--Pelosi also dismissed censure for Trump, suggesting impeachment is the right effort, “if the goods are there”

--California Gov. Newsom makes formal apology to Native Americans for genocide

--House holds hearings on reparations for slavery, and James Kidd at WhoWhatWhy provides good background

--UN says world population, now 7.7 billion, could hit 11 billion by 2100 and reports that 70 million are now displaced, a new world record

--Trump kicks off 2020 campaign with mob rally in Orlando, where he spewed lies and attack lines

--Trump uses “both sides” lingo when asked if he wants to correct his lies about the Central Park 5