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PBC News & Comment: Orange Attack Dog vs. Gaffe Machine

Trump’s tax evasion and Supreme Court pick will dominate debate, but Biden needs to avoid gaffes and responding to every insult…–second installment from NY Times focuses on Trump’s branding and endorsement income, elevated by The Apprentice TV show

–Biden is soft-peddling opposition to SCOTUS process, and Dems are furious, as activists map obstruction plan for senators

–at MintPress, Raul Diego exposes the secret Catholic group Opus Dei and its role in Court confirmations

–in fresh, in-depth interview, Barnard Prof. Janet Jakobsen comments on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, and the myth of the “progress narrative”

–in defiance of federal court order, TrumpCo plans to shut down census early

–judge in Mike Flynn case holds hearing, will issue sentence or dismiss case

–House passes $2.2 trillion relief bill, Pelosi resumes talks with Mnuchin

–former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale faces domestic violence charges

NY Times reports more details of unwanted surgeries on women in ICE lockup

–California Gov. Newsom signs new law allowing ICE detainees to sue over abuse

–Trump’s meltdown over discarded ballots in Pennsylvania dissolve to laughter, as the county is solidly Republican

–ES&S voting machine company has misrepresented certification of voting machines

–Putin proposes a truce in election meddling

–unredacted FBI document shows concern about infiltration of law enforcement by white supremacists

–the effort to “dismantle” Minneapolis Police Dept. has crumbled

–grand juror in Breonna Taylor case cries foul, wants transcripts released

–Portland cops moved pre-emptively on protesters last night

–in Texas, a county sheriff has been indicted for destruction of video evidence in death of Black man

–update on Assange extradition hearing, covered by Shadowproof, ConsortiumNews and Craig Murray

–Sheldon Adelson’s security chief is wanted for testimony in Spanish court case against company that spied on Assange at embassy

–our daily Covid-19 update, prepared by Linda Lewis