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PBC News & Comment: As Ukrainegate Unravels, GOP Loyalists Resort to Stunts

More than 20 GOP members try to shut down impeachment interview in silly stunt that shows Trump, allies are desperate…--Bill Taylor’s testimony builds on earlier interviews, buttressing key events and undermining misleading comments, esp. from Sondland

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--mole in the hearings: Mike Pence’s big brother Greg has seat on Foreign Affairs committee

--Trump struggles to find attack line on Taylor

--NY Times uses unnamed sources and undisclosed evidence to claim that Ukraine knew about aid freeze in early August, contradicting Trump and defenders

--based on Taylor’s testimony, WashPost speculates that AG Bill Barr was more directly involved than he has asserted

--Giuliani’s creepy pals, Lev and Igor, plead not guilty, as Buzzfeed details their lavish spending and big money wire transfers

--WashPost’s Aaron Blake argues against Trump defenders

--Trump’s Twitter mob is carpet bombing Adam Schiff

--Trump called impeachment “lynching” as federal appeals court hears plea to unseal grand jury records from 1946 lynching near Atlanta

--to change the subject, Trump claims brilliant victory in Syria

--Tom Friedman still promotes American imperialism and exceptionalism, but notes that Russia inherits a mess and the war inevitably had to end

--at Grayzone Project, Ben Norton drills in on Trump’s revised plan to leave 200 troops in NE Syria to grab the oil

--Obamacare is still alive, with expanded choice and lower rates in some states

--federal appeals court hears astounding claims of Trump’s immunity in tax return fight

--Justice Dept. sues California over climate pact that involves Canadian provinces, and may have viable legal arguments

--Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota Democrat, continues fight to force Israel to change its brutal treatment of Palestinian youths

--riots in Bolivia suggest possible US-backed coup attempt

--riiots continue in Chile as billionaire president tries to buy peace

--Zuckerberg faces grilling on several topics in hearing today