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PBC News & Comment: Ambassador Taylor Saw Quid Pro Quo

Bill Taylor’s opening statement details what he saw as linkage between military aid release and Ukraine investigations, “incredibly damning”….–are the Clinton book tour and Hillary’s Russia smears testing the waters for her to make a late entry and save the day? NY Times is setting the stage

–at The Guardian, Nathan Robinson slams the smearing of Tulsi Gabbard

–Kevin Gosztola delivers an excellent recap of the Gabbard-Clinton tussle

NY Times continues to hammer Trump over Syria exit plan, extolling Putin as a winner to bruise Trump’s ego

–in stinky decision, appeals court upholds most government claims of secrecy related to No Fly List

–in case that used unconstitutional “reverse search warrants”, 2 of the “Proud Boys” draw 4 years in prison for street brawl last year

–Roger Stone loses appeal of social media gag order

–Stone is featured in new documentary about Roy Cohn, the ruthless NY lawyer who worked for Joe McCarthy, and later represented Trump

–in new, in-depth interview, Ted Howard of Democracy Collaborative talks up new economic models to use local resources to support working class

–at ConsortiumNews, Craig Murray says Julian Assange showed symptoms consistent with torture in court appearance yesterday

–Bernie Sanders says he wouldn’t use Espionage Act on whistleblowers

NY Times columnist Jamelle Bouie compares Sanders to Eugene Debs

–Justin Trudeau ekes out narrow win in Canadian election

–in Bolivia, Evo Morales is being accused of stealing his re-election

–in Chile, wounded protesters decry police brutality that left 15 dead