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PBC News & Comment: As Storm Troopers Hit Seattle, Local Cops Suck Their Thumbs

Facing more protests, Seattle police chief warns cops can’t deal with new restrictions, as Trump Troops descend, judge violates media rights…--Seattle Times reports arrival of federal agents

--read police chief’s letter here

--report on the judge’s order to media outlets is here

--in Portland, federal agents passed more gas last night

--Portland City Council passes measures to block local cops from collaborating with feds

--The Intercept reports there has been collaboration

--federal judge issues 14-day injunction protecting reporters covering protests

--as Congress dithers over relief package, millions face eviction and homelessness

--Democratic platform calls for defense cuts and end to regime change wars, as Democrats in Congress approve massive spending

--addressing harassment charges, DC progressives defend Pelosi challenger Shahid Buttar, as staff complaints surface

--our daily Covid-19 update, edited by Linda Lewis

--bicoastal listener contributions: Abbie McMillan in Maine shares article on lab origin of Covid; and from Washington state, Andrea Hegland sends op-ed by Yale epidemiologist who supports hydroxychloroquine

--Twitter hack investigation reveals control dashboard for censorship

--drug kingpins, the Sackler family, use bankruptcy to escape liability for opioid crisis

--China retaliates, orders US consulate in Chengdu closed

--US fighter jets blamed for buzzing airliner over Syria

--Buzzfeed confirms speculation here that Dems’ new Russian interference claims are related to Giuliani’s Ukraine gambit

--the curtain is lifting on UFO research