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PBC News & Comment: Mulvaney, Inexplicably, Admits Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

The permanent acting White House chief told reporters that Ukraine aid was withheld to force investigations, and new emoluments violation….–PBC talks impeachment on CN Live! Friday, October 18 at 8pm EDT with Scott Ritter and Scott Horton. Find it here

–arrogant Mulvaney admits quid pro quo, and says “get over it”

–that was after he announced that G7 summit next year will be held at Trump Doral, and gave a sales pitch while denying emoluments issue

–Mulvaney spoke as Gordon Sondland covered his ass in opening statement to impeachment investigation

–yesterday’s witness, the recently resigned #2 at State Dept, said he quit last week over firing of Ukraine ambassador

–suddenly, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo are the peacemakers, as they persuade Erdogan to call 5-day cease fire in Syria

–at ConsortiumNews, former CIA officer Graham Fuller unpacks the layers in Syria

–and Rick Sterling opines that the US retreat is a good thing

–in White House meeting on Syria yesterday, Pelosi and Trump each say the other had a “meltdown”

–also on Wednesday, Trump ambushed the parents of British teen killed in accident with wife of US diplomat by trying to stage an intervention, on camera

–Boris Johnson says he has a Brexit deal, but EU leaders undermine it by talking about an extension

–Public Citizen’s analysis of American job losses blames trade deals, not automation, buttressing Sen. Warren’s views over Andrew Yang’s

American Prospect notes a change in demeanor from Buttigieg, calling him “Mean Pete”

–some details on tentative UAW-GM agreement are revealed

–The Guardian reports on new efforts to define critics of Israel as anti-Semitic, with one leader equating supporters of Palestine with KKK

–SCOTUS declined to take up no-fly list case, vindicating Malaysian professor

–Rep. Elijah Cummings died in Baltimore today at age 86