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PBC News & Comment: Trump Impeachment Trial May Start Within a Week

Speaker Pelosi informs Democrats she will send impeachment articles to Senate next week, triggering trial with no agreement on witnesses…–report by Italian journalist mentioned here yesterday deserves investigation, with far more serious abuse of power than Ukraine scheme

–in strong column at The Intercept, James Risen calls Trump a murderer

–on day it assassinated Suleimani, US forces failed to kill another top Iranian general in Yemen

–Trump reveled in the adulation of a bloodthirsty mob lst night, rallying in Toledo

–US displays the arrogance that makes people hate us, as Pompeo rejects Iraq’s demand that US troops exit

–Pompeo executes Trump’s threat, announces more sanctions on Iran

NY Times analyst Max Fisher is on target, says US-Iran squabble is “lose-lose” situation

–in deep dive, Kevin Gosztola proves that it’s America, not Iran, that has created Hell in the Mideast

–the reported shoot-down of Ukrainian airliner near Tehran is still murky

WhoWhatWhy report raises questions about video of the accident cited in NY Times

HuffPost reports that Justice Dept investigation into Clinton emails found no wrongdoing related to Uraniam One case

–as Judicial Watch gets FOIA results showing new emails from her private account that contained classified info

–free speech suffered in this dance with Iran, as Mass professor is fired for sarcastic Facebook posts suggesting US “cultural sites” Iran might target

-PayPal is blocking small donations to Grayzone Project that mention Iran

–analysis of 60,000 tweets with hashtag “Iranians Detest Suleimani” have high proportion of users who identify as MAGA

–also at MintPress, Whitney Webb exposes Israeli firm that is demo-ing election theft scenarios for US agencies

NY Times runs lengthy article on fears of Russian interference in 2020, with very little substance

–NY Times is covering Bernie Sanders more, but not more fairly

–Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard are getting some coverage, too, with slings and arrows for Sanders embedded

–California voters registered “no party preference” need to know how to request a Democratic ballot, especially mail-in voters

–billionaire Tom Steyer qualifies for next Tuesday’s Iowa debate, as Marianne Williamson bails out