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PBC News & Comment: At Final Debate, A Kinder, Gentler Bully Showed Up

Threat of microphone muting led Trump to fewer interruptions and less combat, and Biden had some good moments in final debate…–GOP seizes on Biden’s garbled comments on fracking and climate change

–Trump injected Hunter Biden, with little impact

–your humble host offers a range of comments

–offstage, ex-partner of Hunter Biden makes claims—without evidence—that Joe was aware of China business deal

–Caitlin Johnstone says “the war machine wins”

–analysis in the absurd zone from Pat Robertson and Bill McKibben

–corporate media focus on claims of new Russian meddling, mostly speculation

–Aaron Mate interviews former CIA analyst Ray McGovern about new Russiagate

–in new, in-depth interview with PBC, Greg Palast describes the election mess in Georgia and Michigan, and warns that many mail-in ballots will be rejected

–in NY Times editorial, Farhad Manjoo deplores online conspiracies, without noting media’s role

–and his colleague Steve Lohr says we need a new regulator for tech

–with bruises on his hands and lips, we ask: who beat up Mitch McConnell?

–19 women allege medical abuse at ICE prison in Georgia

–second group of appeals judges rejects Trump’s effort to mangle the census

–from our summer of rage: Boogaloo Boi charged with rioting in attack on Minneapolis police precent; Portland judge hears violations of his order banning most “less-lethal_ weapons; Seattle continues to investigate police brutality

–federal appeals court orders new sentencing for Oakland man who was set up by FBI on domestic terrorism charge

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

–Weekend viewing: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat 2 and Alexandra Pelosi’s American Selfie