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PBC News & Comment: Story of Hunter Biden’s Laptop Draws Criticism, Censorship

Murdoch tabloid NY Post says it got contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop from Rudy Giuliani, with incriminating videos and emails…--the reports could be true, but doubt is cast on legally blind computer repairman in Delaware who says Hunter dropped off his Macbook, never picked it up

--hard drive allegedly had video of Hunter smoking crack during sex scene, and memos regarding his deal in China

--Daily Beast unpacks the story, links it to Sen. Ron Johnson’s investigation

--Buzzfeed is OK with Facebook censorship, but slams it for allowing Ukraine allies of Giuliani to use the platform

--WashPost offers initial fact checking

--the narrative has some coincidences with the 2016 late disclosures about Anthony Weiner’s laptop

--censorship by Facebook and Twitter, and initial blackout in corporate media, have only heightened interest, as YouTube hardens its ban on Qanon

--The Intercept’s Lee Fang co-authors investigation of nepotism and graft related to Eric Branstad, son of Trump’s recent ambassador to China

--in the wake of tonight’s cancelled debate, Trump and Biden will duel in separate town hall TV shows—critics pounce

--new Senate polls favor Dems, but Lindsay Graham may be bouncing back

--after 2 weeks of protests, Kyrgyzstan president resigns

--journalist Terry Phillips educates your humble host about the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in latest in-depth interview podcast

--Max Blumenthal and Grayzone posse are in Bolivia to observe elections, and they were under surveillance even before they arrived

--Dems use feeble tactic to delay Barrett confirmation, but GOP steamroller can’t be stopped

--GOP pushes the lie that SCOTUS is unlikely to kill Obamacare

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

--Portland OR and Oakland CA partner in lawsuit challenging federal patrols

--Ammon Bundy says he has recruited 20,000 followers to confront the scourge of Libtards