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PBC News & Comment: Are Dems Doing “Impeachment Lite”?

Democrats unveil only two articles of impeachment today, apparently excluding Mueller obstruction claims, Cohen guilty plea and other clear crimes…--Dems have been cagey about their plans, but it appears they will only vote on articles related to abuse of power and obstruction of Ukraine probe

--we go deep on Inspector General’s report, which is narrow in scope and allows both parties to cherry-pick favorable findings

--read the IG report here

--one surprise is that Mike Flynn was under investigation from the start

--IG claims investigation started with report from Australian ambassador, omits mention of Stefan Halper, asserts that Steele dossier was not initial basis

--IG hammers FBI for FISA warrant applications: using Steele dossier, omitting Carter Page’s CIA history, and ignoring repeated denials in renewals

--Bill Barr and Trump allies diss the IG report

--Steele’s friendship with Ivanka Trump is a wild disclosure

--WashPost drops another installment of its expose on our Afghan debacle

--US drops charges against Max Blumenthal

--Exxon is acquitted in lawsuit charging it deceived its investors over climate change

--new report shows Arctic has reached a tipping point, permafrost is melting

--Dahr Jamail delivers a somber requiem for the Arctic