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PBC News & Comment, 3.2.20: In Suicide Pact, Dem Leaders Rally Around Biden

2016 redux, as Obama’s “hidden hand” leads Democratic establishment to close ranks behind another obviously flawed candidate, as Berniephobia rules….–voters will have first chance to support Bloomberg vs. Biden scrum

–Warren is staying in, but doesn’t expect to win a state tonight

–Bernie faces crucial test—do enough Dems want radical change?

–party leaders have bet large on a lame, tired horse, again

–Biden disses “revolution” and misreads young voters

–Jeremy Scahill disses neocons 

–Sanders campaign releases memo that only focuses on policy differences with Biden

–Warren goes light on Sanders, but knocks Pete and Amy for endorsing a “fellow Washington insider”

–from Australia, Caitlin Johnstone unloads on the “dementia-addled warmonger”

–and from New Zealand, a report on Obama’s “hidden hand” in the sudden convulsions intended to help Biden

WashPost opinionist Paul Waldman sees risks in Biden and Sanders

–progressive activist Sam Husseini readies response if Sanders is blocked

–with Biden’s media-driven “surge”, expect to hear more about Ukraine

NY Post unloads on Biden’s 5 family members who got rich off Joe

–Bloomberg has hidden emails on private server from tenure as mayor

–Boss Bloomberg admits he can’t win without contested convention

WashPost reporter went to Oklahoma to check on Pete and Amy, but had to settle for Mike’s staff operation

–voting in Tennessee disrupted by tornadoes that killed 22

–offering reassurance while peddling fear, WashPost reports no signs of Russian hacking….so far

–a left-right coalition is emerging in Congress, in opposition to extension of surveillance law

–US death toll from coronavirus reaches 9, as markets slide again despite Fed intervention

–the Chris Matthews PBC once knew wasn’t cranky, interruptive or arrogant

–refugees are used as pawns by Turkey in war with Syria, Erdogan will ask Putin to broker cease-fire

–despite facing criminal corruption charges, Crooked Bibi appears to be close to winning another term

–Apple negotiates settlement that will give $25 to some iPhone owners over planned obsolescence