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PBC News & Comment: In Debate, Sanders and Warren Show Biden is in Decline

CNN and NY Times stage another debate that frustrates viewers, covering for Biden while depicting Warren and Sanders as extreme…..–Warren got front-runner treatment, almost everyone else disagreed with her on something

–moderators act as gatekeepers and pro-corporate filters, using Klobuchar as the conserva-Dem this time to hammer Medicare for All

–Tulsi Gabbard only got 8 minutes to speak, and her criticism of CNN and NY Times for smearing her is ignored in NY Times report

–at The Intercept, reporters focus on Biden’s weak performance

WashPost media writer Margaret Sullivan critiques the debate, and so does Jason Sattler in USA Today

From the impeachment file

–Rudy Giuliani is outed by anonymous White House leakers for repeatedly pressing Trump to trade Fethullah Gulen to Turkey, picking up Mike Flynn’s lobbying work

–former Rep. Pete Sessions is subpoenaed by grand jury investigating Giuliani, and 4th crony is arrested at JFK

–today, former #2 at State Dept, Michael McKinley, is talking to investigators

–acting WH chief of staff Mulvaney is suspected to be the guy who kept the Rudy operation secret from John Bolton

–more of Fiona Hill’s interview leaks, showing tension with Trump buddy Gordon Sondland, who is expected to appear tomorrow

ProPublica obtains Trump business filings that confirm Michael Cohen’s allegations of double bookkeeping, a nice way of saying “fraud”

–Turkey rebuffs US call for cease fire in Syria, as Erdogan gives Kurds an ultimatum

In other news…

–GM and UAW reach tentative agreement after month strike

–Trump again vetoes bill to end fake border emergency

–3 US diplomats were detained in Russia, near site of nuclear accident in August

–in annual address, Hong Kong leader Lam is heckled by lawmakers