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It’s not just hugging Lindsey Graham, or weak opposition to Barrett, it’s clearly time for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to retire….--Dem Leader Schumer had private chat with Feinstein, as progressives call for new leadership on Judiciary Committee

--now that Barrett’s confirmation is assured, former members of People of Praise offer dark stories of the Christian/Catholic cult

--the battle over more Covid relief money exposes the ugly partisanship that grips Washington

--new reports expose Trump business activity in China, and unexplained $15 million cashout in 2017

--in 2016, Trump campaign was out of cash, and the cheapskate was persuaded to loan $10 million—or was it a contribution?

--Trump bolts from taping of 60 Minutes interview, cuz he’s an angry victim

--Rudy Giuliani is unwilling star of new Borat movie

--refusing to contradict Trump flunky and DNI Ratcliffe, FBI says it has “nothing to add” to denial that Hunter Biden story is Russian-induced

--Yasha Levine reminds us that Hunter Biden is corrupt, and that elite corruption is normalized

--NY Times reveals how Spanish radio stations in Miami spread fake news about Biden

--new documentary Selling Lies shows that Macedonia click-bait operators were spreading fake news in 2016, with no connection to Russia; more info here

--Steele dossier legman Igor Danchenko explains his sources for pee-tape report

--your spooks want you to know they’re on top of the Russian interference action, this time

--threats to Democratic voters—and the candidates—apparently come from Proud Boys and a lone gun nut in Maryland

--politicomic Lee Camp lists 10 people to blame if Biden loses

--new report shows that many local police agencies can unlock your encrypted smartphone

--The Intercept reports that Dataminr’s algorithmic Twitter search system isn’t as hi-tech as advertised

--Homeland Security sued for using chemical weapons in Portland

--Louisville cop who was wounded by Brionna Taylor’s boyfriend offers lame excuses, as grand juror says murder charges were not considered

--ACLU is still searching for 500+ parents separated from children at border

--settlement announced with Purdue Pharma lets Sacklers off easy

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

--Pope Francis supports civil unions for same sex couples