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PBC News & Comment: As Trump Trial Begins, Corporate Dems Swiftboat Sanders

First Warren, then Biden, and now Hillary Clinton slam Sanders over his strengths, classic swiftboating that demonstrates contempt for voters….–ruthless partisan Mitch McConnell says he has votes to support his rules for a trial that is an endurance contest for senators and the public, with 12-hour sessions starting at 1pm

–like Trump’s blustering tweets, the defense team attacks the process and ignores the evidence, led by world-class hypocrites Dershowitz and Starr

–if there is a vote to allow witnesses and evidence, the trial could go on for weeks, may need a recess for depositions

–Dems challenge Trump’s lead lawyer, Pat Cippillone, because he was a witness and possible participant in Ukraine scheme

–Trump distracts with self-congratulatory speech at Davos, basking in the oligarch love he desperately seeks

–as Demprez candidates locked arms in MLK Day march, a continuous barrage of attacks on Sanders is observed

–misleading headlines, like this one from NY Times, feed misinformation, since most people never read the actual article

–Sanders apologizes for op-ed by Zephyr Teachout, which correctly argues that Biden is a corporate tool who poses as a friend to the middle class

–Hillary Clinton piles on with interview about Sanders: “nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him”, reigniting 2016 conflicts

–former Clinton campaign advisors Peter and Leela Daou say Hillary’s attacks are a big mistake

–Sanders comments in New Hampshire, delivering a sound bite that’s not perfect, but the full quote is better

–at The Nation, Elie Mystal says his feelings prove that Warren told the truth; MSDNC’s Joy Reid trots out “body language expert” for her proof

–Boston’s conservative Herald posts op-ed by Michael Graham about Warren’s record

–CNN’s Chris Cillizza says Bernie should send Hillary a thank-you note

–and Buzzfeed quotes Berners who are even more committed

–Trump and his trolls are trying to pit Pelosi against Sanders for delaying trial

–at WashPost, Jennifer Rubin relishes this moment, packing all the recent attacks into one ugly column

–and Kevin Gosztola goes deep with a list of bad faith arguments against Sanders

–ever the corporate gatekeeper, NY Times offers dual endorsements of Warren and Klobuchar, with numerous swipes at Sanders

–in Oakland, the moms who occupied vacant home may get it back, legally

–former San Francisco DA and supervisor Terence Hallinan dies at 83

–Santa Clara 49ers are going to the Superbowl; if they win, where will the victory parade be held?