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PBC News & Comment: Poison Packages in DC as Weak Gun Bill is Poisoned in Senate

White House and 3 Senators report suspicious packages, 2 confirmed to contain ricin; NRA double-cross kills Manchin-Toomey bill…but the real causes are conservaDems and filibuster.

–Gallup poll says only 4% think new gun laws are important

–Robert Greenwald releases new documentary on whistleblowers, including NSA’s Tom Drake

–Drake is about to be interviewed for our next in-depth interview podcast, which includes his former NSA colleague Bill Binney and reporter Tim Shorrock of The Nation; here, you’ll hear an excerpt from Binney on why he quit NSA

–Senate immigration bill delivers for high tech industry, almost doubling number of H1-B visas for low-paid foreign workers

–unanimous ruling from 3-judge panel limits detention of undocumented people awaiting deportation

–Senate Resolution 65 locks US into supporting Israel if it attacks Iran

–Sen. Boxer sponsors AIPAC bill to allow Israelis to enter US without a visa, enabling Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians and others

–House is debating a bad bill called CISPA, which even the White House says does not protect privacy of Americans

–California’s public utilities commission is in the pockets of the utilities it regulates, says new report

–California appeals court upholds incest law, which should tone down hysterical opposition to marriage equality, but probably won’t