At Hagel confirmation hearing, McCain flails, fails in attempt to get Hagel to reverse his opinion of Iraq "surge" myth..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: McCain vs. Hagel, Viet Vets Argue Over Wars
Snickering just starting, as Sen. Menendez moves up to chair Foreign Relations, faces allegations he used hookers in Dominican Republic... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Sex Scandal Hits New Senate Foreign Relations Chair
After 7-year break, immigration debate returns; can supporters avoid the label "amnesty?" Leopold at Gitmo: Judge not sure he's in charge..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Immigration Reform Launched: Can “Amnesty” Tag Be Avoided?
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Melvin A. Goodman, former CIA analyst, now a professor and author, was an honest critic of Bush, and applies the same standards to Obama; Leah Bolger, president of Veterans for Peace, on the Pentagon decision to lift the ban on women in combat. Continue reading Author, Former CIA Analyst Mel Goodman with Strong, Informed Criticism of Many Obama Policies; Leah Bolger of Veterans for Peace has Mixed Feelings About Women in Combat
Jason Leopold posts from Guantanamo; court throws out "conspiracy" charges; Obama shuts down "Close Gitmo" office, creating "tomb" for many... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Courtroom Antics, from Gitmo to ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’
British man reports torture in Djibouti, CIA interrogation, followed by rendition to US on unreported terrorism charge, jailed in NYC..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Alarming New Case of Torture and Rendition
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Longtime KPOJ/Portland morning host Carl Wolfson is back, with daily live show; Flint Taylor of the People's Law Office on his 10-year fight against torture tactics of Chicago Police Continue reading Portland’s Progressive Host, Carl Wolfson, is Back; Chicago Defense Attorney Flint Taylor Fights Torture by Chicago Police
Timid Democratic Leader Harry Reid brokers minor changes to Senate filibuster rule, enabling next round of GOP obstruction through 2014 Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Argument, or Abuse? Senate Tweaks Filibuster Rules
Secretary of State Clinton, taking heat for Benghazi, faces grilling from Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul--says he would've fired her
As Clinton defends against posturing Republicans, there is no review of US role in overthrowing Qaddafi and the blowback produced
--Clinton will likely approve the Keystone XL pipeline, with a revised route just OK'd by Nebraska governor
--House approves 90-day debt ceiling raise, with no dollar limit; adds threat of "n budget, no pay"
--GAO cannot complete audit of federal government, as the books of Defense and Homeland Security are a mess
--Panetta approves women in combat, a major change
--Slippery Republicans in state senate of Virginia imitate Tom DeLay, ram through partisan redistricting plan while one Dem senator was at the inauguration
--just-released transcripts from 2007 Federal Reserve meetings show they were unconcerned about the impending meltdown, and Geithner is exposed as tool of Bank of America
--European Union allows member states to pass tax on financial transactions, good idea for US
--Netanyahu's poor showing in Israeli election forces him to form new government with moderates led by former journalist
--release of records from 1980's show illegal coverup of pedophile priests by retired archbishop of Los Angeles
--Vatican forces Maryknoll order to expel Fr. Roy Bourgeois
As his oath to "protect the Constitution" rings hollow, Obama offers firm support for gay rights and addressing climate change..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Obama’s $50 million Inauguration, Will He Lead on Climate Change?