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PBC News & Comment: Will Biden Declare Victory Before Trump?

Election cliffhanger is expected, and the first to declare victory has an edge; we take a look at world news, too…--Facebook girds for premature victory claims, as employee morale drops

--over 300 election lawsuits are pending, could be vehicles for legal protests

--Jason Leopold gets less-redacted versions of Mueller documents, which appear to vindicate WikiLeaks’ assertions that Russia was not source of HRC emails

--Gareth Porter exposes the most recent claims of Russian meddling as dubious, at best

--at The Intercept, Ryan Grim offers interesting angle on the late political hits on Hunter Biden, which aren’t entirely unfounded

--Buzzfeed is tracking election disinfo on social media

--we get offshore perspectives on the US election: Haaretz columnist Chemi Shalev compares views of Israeli and American Jews;  Pepe Escobar looks at Russia and China; and Canadian Rob Rousseau says the world loses with either winner

--rare mass shooting in Vienna blamed on Islamic State sympathizer, as IS militants kill 22 at law school in Kabul

--in Tanzania, election observers are skeptical of victory claimed by embattled John Magufuli, and MintPress reporter Raul Diego adds context

--Ivory Coast president wins 3rd term after opposition boycotts election

--in Ethiopia, ethnic attack leaves 54 dead

--Seal Team 6 rescued an American in Nigeria

--threats of yet another coup in Bolivia are in the air, as Patrick Lawrence reports

--Medea Benjamin co-authors regime change commentary that starts with Bolivia, and expands

--American mercenary involved with failed invasion of Venezuela provides details

--in Miami, Cuban exiles are joined by those from Venezuela and Colombia, and most support Trump

--yielding to largest protests since Solidarity, Poland delays new total ban on abortion

--after weeks of student-led protests of the monarchy and royalty, talk of another military coup swirls in Thailand

--Indonesian president Joko Widodo signs sweeping law that guts labor protections and many environmental regulations

--3 months on, protests continue in Belarus

--our daily Covid-19 update, with focus on the new wave in Europe