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PBC News & Comment: Warren Slashes Bloomberg and Rivals in Vegas

In his first debate, Bloomberg took major hits from all sides, led by Feisty Elizabeth Warren; frontrunner Sanders largely unscathed….--team Bloomberg leaked memo that underscores their arrogance: dire warning that Sanders can win nomination, so also-rans must exit to make way for Mike

--Bloomberg said his target is Trump, but he’s now focused on Sanders, as Alan McLeod reports at MintPress; PBC says the billionaire’s assault will backfire

--WashPost pundits say Sanders won, NY Times gives it to Warren

--moderators promoted attacks and interruptions, occasionally adding fresh chum to shark fight

--Intercept writers have best one liner: Warren’s performance may turn out to be “murder-suicide”

--lower-tier candidates Pete and Amy attacked each other

--at WashPost, gatekeeper Megan McArdle is terrified to see Sanders do well

--after Trump’s unprecedented interference, Roger Stone draws 40-month prison sentence, in part for lying about contacts with Julian Assange

--former GOP Rep. Rohrabacher clarifies that Trump did not pre-approve pardon offer to Assange

--after visiting Assange, UK’s shadow chancellor calls extradition bid “the Dreyfus case of our age”

--Australian legislators demand that Britain block the extradition, and return Assange to Australia

--as it demands extradition of Assange, US blocks return to Britain of CIA agent who killed a British teen in traffic accident

--Kevin Gosztola has details of yesterday’s legal filing for Chelsea Manning

--Epstein enabler Les Wexner sells Victoria’s Secret and retires

--coverup of Catholic sex crimes included money transfers from US cardinal who resigned in disgrace

--Boy Scouts of America files bankruptcy amid sex crime claims

--federal appeals court blocks Florida GOP effort to keep ex-cons from voting

--WhoWhatWhy report also warns that election systems are vulnerable

--Obama’s former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, blasts John Bolton in talk at Vanderbilt

--Mick Mulvaney, who blurted out the truth about Ukraine quid pro quo, sounds alarm on GOP increase in federal debt