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PBC News & Comment: New Truth Emergency!

Ukraine flap energizes impeachment, Trump induces whiplash with daily contradictions, corporate media protects Biden, spooks defend a whistleblower; where’s truth?….–Trump admits he withheld $400 mil from Ukraine, says other nations paid too little, but others have actually kicked in $16 billion

PBS Newshour, The Guardian, NY Times and WashPost all dismiss any wrongdoing by the Bidens

–but when James Risen was still at The Times, he wrote this article in 2015, which outlines the Biden leverage on Ukraine that got prosecutor fired

–Pelosi’s allergy to impeachment is weakening, as her freshman vets and spooks say Ukraine scandal tips them in favor

–the Speaker seems to prefer Adam Schiff over Jerrold Nadler to lead impeachment select committee

NY Times columnist Ross Douthat lists 4 reasons Trump wants impeachment

–GOP political consultant Mike Murphy calls for impeachment, to force Republicans to take a position

–Trump gave a lousy teleprompter speech at UN, renewing his nationalist creed

–European leaders fall in line, blame Iran for attack on Saudis, with no evidence

–twice in 4 days, NY Times front page features yellow journalism aimed at goading Trump into attacking Iran

–US airstrikes in Afghanistan killed another 40 civilians at wedding party

–Twitter suspends dormant account of Saudi official linked to Khashoggi assassination and 5,000 others, but Trump tweets freely

–Boris Johnson suffers huge setback, top UK court rules against his suspension of Parliament, and former PM David Cameron is very, very sorry about Brexit mess

–El Salvador signs sham agreement with US on asylum

–as Elizabeth Warren climbs in polls, Bernie Sanders floats new wealth tax and plan to cancel medical debts

–at The Hill, Krystal Ball sees Warren getting the nomination, and losing to Trump; watch her compelling arguments here

–Danny Haiphong compares Warren and Sanders on social welfare policy

–Jeff Cohen argues that running Biden would repeat the 2016 tragedy

–Tulsi Gabbard clears hurdles for next debate in Ohio, as anti-Modi Indian publication, The Caravan, reveals her network of Hindu and Indian donors

–in bizarre, incoherent move, Trump EPA threatens California over air quality, after lowering auto mileage standards that will reduce air quality

–with red flag wildfire alerts, utility P G & E shuts off power in 3 counties

–BB King’s famous guitar, Lucille, is sold for $280,000