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PBC News & Comment Wednesday, February 8

Cry-baby John Boehner launches war on contraception as his pals deplore Court of Appeal decision striking Prop. 8 ban on marriage equality and Santorum sweeps 3 caucuses.  Also covered:

--Obama, who was against Citizens United, embraces his Super PAC; PBC says it's hypocritical but understandable

--Obama campaign returns $200,000 in tainted contributions

--Lt. Col. Daniel Davis publishes scathing account of his 2011 tour of Afghanistant

--Stanford Journalism Professor Joel Brinkley describes high levels of drug use by Afghan soldiers and police in this excerpt from tomorrow's interview podcast

--for 50 years now, US policy to isolate Cuba has kept the Castros in power

--another hysterical rationalization for an Israeli assault on Iran

--in California, Gov. Brown released 82% of life prisoners approved by the parole board last year, a vast improvement

--Merl in Michigan sent me Detroit News report on the effort to privatize prisons in the Great Lakes state

--yesterday was Charles Dickens' 200th birthday--he could have been chronicling our current era

--listener Hamish in Australia's Blue Mountains shattered my illusions of former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett