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PBC News & Comment: Inspector General Confirms FBI Plays Fast & Loose with FISA Wiretap Applications

Building on Carter Page investigation, IG found massive flaws in all 29 FISA applications examined, confirming PBC’s oft-repeated criticisms…--FBI has been lying and misleading the star chamber for years

--Trump’s use of signing statement to neutralize Congressional oversight of the $2 Trillion bailout package is #769, reports Bob Egelko in SF Chronicle

--the Fox “News” virus is almost as insidious as the coronavirus

--our daily Covid 19 news summary, edited by Linda Lewis

--in Las Vegas, despite thousands of empty hotel rooms, around 500 homeless people are temporarily parked in an open-air parking lot

--despite the critical situation, some hospitals are disciplining doctors who break the rules by wearing surgical masks all the time

--a Florida pastor who’s on Trump’s God Squad is cited for holding Sunday services with large congregations, to prove that health officials can’t “shut down Christianity”

--federal judges have issued orders overturning state orders in Texas, Ohio and Alabama that block abortions during pandemic

--Border Patrol is using Covid to immediately deport unaccompanied minors who cross the border

--Trump’s shameful attacks during his daily narcissistic briefings are often aimed at women

--his transactional mindset in dealing with governors is compared to Ukraine dealings in column by Michelle Goldberg

--TV anchor Chris Cuomo has the virus, and is broadcasting from quarantine in his basement; sibling rival and big brother Andrew says acquiring ventilators is like bidding on eBay

--NY Times editorial slams Gov. Cuomo for playing budget games as he manages the crisis

--Mitch McConnell says Trump’s stonewalling on impeachment diverted attention from growing pandemic in January and February

--Bernie Sanders tells Seth Meyers that Covid gives new urgency to his agenda, and acknowledges current “narrow path” to the nomination

--53 nations have now signed on to call for global ceasefire during pandemic

--US ignores calls to suspend sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, as bloody Elliott Abrams floats new plan for regime change in Caracas

--in eye-opening column at The Grayzone, Yasha Levine argues that Big Ag is partly responsible for Covid and other viruses

--in great report based on court documents, The Guardian exposes that Monsanto and BASF knew that seed-pesticide combos like Roundup would lead to damage and crop losses

--author Brad Schreiber, who was interviewed here, starts series on Protest songs at Shadowproof