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PBC News & Comment: Facing Wildfire Threat, Utility Cuts Power in N. California

Our rogue, bankrupt utility turns off power to some counties, then delays shutdown as forecasted winds haven’t materialized; collective punishment?…

–the risk is real, but PG&E’s past failures and liabilities leave customers wondering if this is overkill that leads to other risks, like thousands of home generators

–as Turkey invades Syria to slaughter the Kurds, Trump claims he doesn’t approve

WashPost leaks some details of Trump’s phone call with Erdogan on Sunday

The Guardian reports that 20 energy firms are responsible for 35% of CO2 and methane, and profiles Richmond, CA, the oil town across the bridge from PBC

–violent protests continue in Ecuador, but Moreno refuses to step down

–lawsuit exposes cruel ICE tactic, using green card interviews to deport the immigrant spouse

–Defense Intelligence agency employee is arrested for leaking secrets

From the impeachment file:

–Trump White House throws up stone wall to impeachment, using silly legal bluster, including bizarre re-writes of Watergate

SF Chronicle legal writer Bob Egelko exposes the legal bullshit

NY Times offers background to whistleblower complaint, but can’t say which whistleblower

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gozstola offers some good analysis

WashPost surveys all GOP senators, finds 14 who aren’t solid for Trump

The Intercept continues to exonerate Bidens of crimes in Ukraine, as it exposes how Hunter and Joe’s brother cashed in on the Senator for decades

–at ConsortiumNews, Joe Lauria gives critical review to Jane Mayer’s report on the Bidens

–James Risen recaps recent mistreatment of journalists at US borders

–linguistics Prof. George Lakoff argues against banning Trump from Twitter