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PBC News & Comment: Dems’ Refusal to Impeach Fuels Trump’s Demagoguery

Trump’s racist tweets aimed at The Squad demonstrate the impunity he feels, and his lowball tactics for 2020 campaign…–while Pelosi is correct that “The Squad” only has 4 votes, she publicly rebuked them in Maureen Dowd column, creating the opening for Trump’s twitter bombs

–in follow-up column, Dowd quotes Rahm Emmanuel to slam AOC etal

–as Trump triples down, Pelosi defends her members and offers resolution condemning Trump

WashPost media critic Margaret Sullivan scolds her colleagues for soft-pedaling Trump’s racist comments

NY Times columnist Michelle Goldberg tells Pelosi to fight Trump, not The Squad

–in mostly-accurate editorial on deportations by recent presidents, NY Times editorial gets fuzzy on Obama’s record

–Trump imposes new rules on asylum—effective tomorrow—that are clearly illegal, and Guatemala’s president bailed from White House meeting on the plan

–in Tacoma, a man described as “anarchist and antifascist” dies in alleged attempt to torch ICE detention center

–after revelations of racist Facebook posts by border patrol agents, The Intercept reports that their boss was a member of the group implicated

–Jeffrey Epstein faced 2 accusers in bail hearing today, after resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta over the lenient plea deal in 2008

–with boost from Adam Schiff, CIA works to expand law that punishes exposure of “covert” agents

–H.P. Albarelli, Jr., the courageous and meticulous muckraker who exposed CIA bioweapons including MK Ultra, has died

–after British ambassador to US resigned following leak of critical comments about Trump, European leaders are scrambling to keep the Iran nuclear deal

–Hong Kong protesters continue to challenge Beijing, and Ai Wei Wei writes op-ed in support