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PBC News & Comment Tuesday, May 1

Obama sneaks out to Afghanistan for photo op, commits US to 10 years of aid with no debate, no Congressional approval;  AP reveals that Pentagon only reports US deaths from Afghan fire.  Also:

--John Brennan, national security advisor, gives clearest description of US drone operations to date, along with fuzzy legal arguments

--Obama signed executive order critical of Syria and Iran for blocking internet communication

--May Day produces Occupy protests, some labor strikes

--Oakland and NY still dealing with investigations of police abuse of Occupy protesters last fall

--Wall St. security goons share surveillance of Occupy protesters with NYPD

--PBC thinks Obama is handling the case of blind Chinese dissident deftly, expecting an asylum grant soon

--Netanyahu may call early elections in Israel

--S. F. Chronicle has good, in-depth report on GMO's

--in Boston, Sen. Scott Brown makes issue of Elizabeth Warren's Native American heritage

--do the punishments fit the crime?  3 examples