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PBC News & Comment: Will This Round of DemPrez Debates Thin the Herd?

In 10-candidate group gropes, Democrats must be nimble and calculating to get camera time and deliver killer soundbites that resonate….--CNN has promoted the debates like prize fights, and the SportsCenter tone will likely infuse the coverage and the questions

--Kamala Harris, who has modified her health care positions, will face flak from Sanders and Warren to her left and a slew of moderates

--new poll gives Harris slim lead in California, national poll puts Biden at top

--a recent entry who won’t be there is Joe Sestak, former Navy admiral and Pennsylvania congressman, featured in fresh interview at WhoWhatWhy

--after days of racist attacks on black leaders, Trump is surprised that they boycotted his scripted comments at Jamestown observance

--Trump’s attacks on Elijah Cummings were triggered by a “Fox & Friends” report

--protests continue in Puerto Rico, aimed at disgraced governor’s likely successor, Wanda Vasquez

--Trump forced Guatemala to agree to incoherent asylum plan, and now the Constitutional Court is objecting

--Beijing tells Hong Kong to keep suppressing protests

--China competes with Trump for Big Lie award, as it claims that most Uighurs have “returned to society” from internment camps

--in 2018 tax year, individuals paid in $93 billion more than 2017, as corporations paid $91 billion less

--ACLU confirms 900+ children have been separated from parents at border since judge ordered it stopped

--in counties where Trump has staged a mob rally, hate crimes increased by 226%

--the accused shooter at Gilroy Garlic Festival touted a racist book on Instagram before the slaughter of 3, including a 6-year-old in a bouncy house

--in new column at TomDispatch, Danny Sjursen hopes that Trump will exit Afghanistan

--“Moscow Mitch” McConnell is outraged at the outrage over his blocking election security bills

--and Mitch may have trouble confirming Trump’s pick for DNI, John Ratcliffe

--in latest Push Back video, Aaron Maté and Ali Abunimah criticize Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Ayanna Pressley for their anti-BDS votes last week

--listener Ian Berman offers Tulsi tough love

--Whitney Webb exposes how Wikipedia staff targeted MintPress as an “unreliable” source after pressure from Israel supporters