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PBC News & Comment: Biden Picks Harris for Veep, Giving Trump a Ripe Target

Dems’ obsession with identity politics propels selection of Kamala Harris, a corporate tool with bad record as prosecutor, thrilling Trump….–the high point for Kamala Harris in the Senate was making Jeff Sessions nervous

–Harris is skilled at progressive pretense

–former SF mayor Willie Brown, her mentor and ex-boyfriend, advised her to pass on VP and go for attorney general

–Trump’s ill-conceived, unconstitutional unemployment plan is modified after states reject co-pay formula they can’t afford

–residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky bitch at Mitch McConnell for miserly approach to relief

–Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best abruptly retires after Council considered cutting her pay, and made modest cuts to police budget

–milder protests in Portland last night, with no property damage

–Oregon legislature passes new chokehold ban

–Milwaukee protesters attack Black cop who’s on leave after 3 on-duty shootings

–Virginia Klansman who drove into BLM protesters is convicted, but not for hate crime

–rogue Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies hold 3 Black teens at gunpoint, but the teens were the victims in this case

–ACLU amplifies calls to dismantle Homeland Security, and rename it

–Kevin Gosztola reports on bills in Congress to restore access to courts for whistleblowers

–California judge destroys claims by Uber and Lyft and rules that drivers are employees, not independent contractors

–even as airline traffic hits bottom, more passengers are trying to carry loaded guns onboard

–delayed Minnesota primary for Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is targeted by Israel lobby

–at TomDispatch, Robert Dreyfuss fears Trump’s October Surprise will be war with Iran

–in Belarus, the woman who ran against strongman Lukashenko is ejected to Lithuania

NY Times reports that an American contractor warned of Beirut ammonium nitrate stash 4 years ago

MintPress reporter Raul Diego examines efforts to blame Hezbollah for last week’s deadly blast

–our daily Covid-19 update, edited by Linda Lewis, read the report on hotel sanitation here

–disinformation that divides American voters comes from greedy Americans and Christian extremists