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PBC News & Comment Friday, May 11

More gay marriage reaction, as Biden apologizes to Obama for triggering the change;  PBS refers to areas with bigots as areas where "same sex marriage 'resonates'".  Also:

--Mary Boyle of Common Cause challenges ALEC's tax exempt status, in excerpt from podcast 469

--concocted underwear bomber plot leads to more police state activity in the US

--the John Edwards trial should wrap up in a few days, prosecutors haven't shown campaign law violations

--GOP-led House proposes meaningless cuts--but the Dems are only fighting over which non-defense spending to cut

--Joel Brinkley has unusually strong comments in an op-ed about "austerity" budgets in the S.F. Chronicle

--JP Morgan Chase admits $2 billion loss on derivatives, another cry for meaningful regulation of Wall Street

--NYC suspect cleared after inaccurate photo identification, as Dish TV runs offensive commercial about wrongful conviction

--Time magazine's cover photo of breastfeeding mom draws the intended controversy, distraction from real news

--new reality TV entrapment show gets caught in perjury flap