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PBC News & Comment: In Bloomberg’s First Debate, Bernie Benefits

Surging in state, national polls, Sanders would be target in Las Vegas debate, but Bloomberg will draw most of the fire…–Bloomie has lots of ‘splainin’ to do, and polls show broad support for Sanders despite the media memes of unelectability and “Bernie Bros”

NY Times opinionist Ross Douthat made a strong case against Bloomberg

–Bloomberg’s indefensible quote of the day is about trans people

–at The Atlantic, we learn that Bernie confronted Obama about social security cuts, and considered a challenge in 2012

–Liza Featherstone says attacks on Sanders supporters have gone from “the ridiculous to the deranged”

FAIR reviews NPR’s negative coverage of Sanders

–in Pennsylvania, a Biden supporter quits Young Democrats and blames “Bernie Bros” she provoked

–and Caitlin Johnstone explains why the Bernie Bros attacks continue

–Sanders spokeswoman walks back claim about Bloomberg “heart attack”

–Buttigieg responds to homophobic comments from Limbaugh, encouraged by Trump

–in latest podcast about gerrymandering, David Daley shares the files of GOP redistricting guru Thomas Hofeller

–Bill Barr is threatening to quit as Trump’s Roy Cohn—is he bluffing?

–Trump pardoned a rogue’s gallery of well-connected white guys

–San Francisco sports writer Al Saracevic figures out why Trump pardoned former NFL owner Eddie DeBartolo

–Trump reportedly dangled a pardon to Julian Assange, according to testimony in preliminary extradition proceeding

–Chelsea Manning, who remains locked up for refusing to testify against Assange, makes new demand for release

–in Afghanistan, long-stalled election tally shows incumbent Ashraf Ghani won

–cease-fire talks upended in Libya, as former (?) CIA asset Hifter faces torture suit in US court

–at The Grayzone, Aaron Maté has evidence of OPCW lies and coverup in Douma investigation

–in Canada, twin protests of natural gas pipeline give Trudeau heartburn

–Utah state senate moves to decriminalize polygamy