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PBC News & Comment: Trump’s Latest Trial Distraction: Netanyahu Visit

Trump invites Netanyahu to visit, to comfort fellow accused leader who openly meddled in 2016 US elections and talk “peace”….–Netanyahu’s opponent in upcoming 3rd election, Benny Gantz is also invited, and they will review Crown Prince Jared’s one-sided “peace plan”

–facing war crimes investigation by international criminal court, Bibi calls for sanctions while Americans are sanctioned for supporting BDS

–reacting to coronavirus outbreak, China bans travel from several cities during busy Lunar New Year celebrations

–Trump plans to add more (shithole) countries to his travel ban

–new visa rules target pregnant women, in effort to limit “birth tourism” and “anchor babies”

–Trump’s asylum dodge will force Portugese-speaking Brazilians to wait in Mexico, despite report more than 800 cases of violence on asylum seekers

–at Gitmo, CIA torture consultant James Mitchell testifies about waterboarding, with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—waterboarded 183 times—sitting nearby

–former Gitmo commander convicted of obstructing justice in 5-year-old case where subordinate was found dead after fight with commander who was screwing his wife

–at ConsortiumNews, Caitlin Johnstone comments on Brazil’s charges against Glenn Greenwald

–at Shadowproof, Kevin Gosztola follows up on Canadian libel claims brought by ConsortiumNews

–retired PBS anchor Jim Lehrer dies at age 85

–in fresh in-depth interview, Whitney Webb of MintPress details her reporting on Iraqi prime minister’s claims of Trump bullying over oil profits, with death threats

From the impeachment file

–opening arguments from House Dems lay out a pretty compelling case against Trump, with a few artful omissions

–Trump revs up his Twitter feed, as he slimes Dems and plays the victim

–in one tweet, 45 lies about Adam Schiff in accusing Schiff of lying about him

–new reports shows that 2017 inaugural committee spent obscenely at Trump’s DC hotel

–the Bolton for Biden witness swap is still under discussion, and Uncle Joe wobbles on testifying