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Boiling Frogs: 2012 Presidential Candidate Rocky Anderson Offers Sharp Criticism of Obama’s Contempt for Bill of Rights

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Rocky Anderson, former Salt Lake City mayor and 2012 Justice Party presidential candidate, has sharp criticism of Obama's expansion of presidential power related to surveillance, targeted killings and other issues in this Boiling Frogs interview, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds.  Continue reading Boiling Frogs: 2012 Presidential Candidate Rocky Anderson Offers Sharp Criticism of Obama’s Contempt for Bill of Rights

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PBC News & Comment: Gitmo Hunger Strikers Report Cutoff of Drinking Water

As corporate media finally start to cover Guantanamo hunger strike, ABC reports drinking water cutoff, S.F. Chronicle runs strong editorial.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Gitmo Hunger Strikers Report Cutoff of Drinking Water

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PBC News & Comment: Supremes Likely to Strike Down DOMA

Roy Zimmerman's "Defenders of Marriage" sets the tone for report on Supreme Court oral arguments on DOMA, Bill Clinton's blunder..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Supremes Likely to Strike Down DOMA

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Andy Worthington Reports Gitmo Hunger Strike Much Bigger than Pentagon Admits; Whistleblower Julia Davis on Her Tussle With Former Bush Lackey Scott Bloch

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Journalist Andy Worthington on the widespread hunger strike by prisoners at Guantanamo;  Homeland Security whistleblower Julia Davis refuses to be intimidated by heavy-handed threats from Scott Bloch, former Bush appointee at Justice Dept. Continue reading Andy Worthington Reports Gitmo Hunger Strike Much Bigger than Pentagon Admits; Whistleblower Julia Davis on Her Tussle With Former Bush Lackey Scott Bloch

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PBC News & Comment: Oral Stimulation–Supreme Court Argues Prop. 8

With fascinating sound bites from today's oral arguments, PBC guesses that Supreme Court won't issue broad ruling on marriage equality.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Oral Stimulation–Supreme Court Argues Prop. 8

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PBC News & Comment: Senators Lose Sleep Over Budget Vote

Senate passes first budget in 4 years in overnight session, after snoozing on proposed assault weapons ban, takes 2-week vacation..... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Senators Lose Sleep Over Budget Vote

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Progressive Activist and Author Norman Solomon: Using Grassroots Organizing to Challenge Obama and Democrats on War and Entitlements

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Norman Solomon, author, activist and 2012 Congressional candidate, returns for wide-ranging conversation on many important issues. Continue reading Progressive Activist and Author Norman Solomon: Using Grassroots Organizing to Challenge Obama and Democrats on War and Entitlements

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PBC News & Comment: No Frankenfish at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s

Two major national food retailers say NO to genetically engineered salmon, and Whole Foods requires GMO labeling by 2018.....Paul Ryan's Frankenstein budget passes the House, more fiscal food fights loom

--Obama gives interesting speech in Israel, trying to re-frame the conflict.  PBC is dubious, but notes nothing else is working

--Gitmo hunger strike continues, as official count creeps up--still far below the 100+ reported by lawyers for prisoners

--Daily Beast reports that CIA's drone program will be transferred to the Pentagon

--South Korea sustains major cyber attack, and most fingers point to North Korea

--California needs $80 million to finish earthquake warning system--any billionaires listening?

--former council members in Bell (Los Angeles County) are convicted for looting the town treasury

--ACLU challenges legality of police searching cell phone of arrested person without warrant

 

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Harper’s Thomas Frank Lays Down Some Markers; Journalist Jess Bravin Takes a Close Look at Gitmo’s Military Commissions

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Tom Frank returns for a frank and useful chat about a range of topics, from Iraq to gun control to frequently abused cliches in the media;  Jess Bravin, a lawyer and Wall Street Journal Supreme Court reporter, discusses his new book about military commissions. Continue reading Harper’s Thomas Frank Lays Down Some Markers; Journalist Jess Bravin Takes a Close Look at Gitmo’s Military Commissions