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PBC News & Comment: Obama Offers New & Improved Vision, Without Leadership

In important speech interrupted by Medea Benjamin, Obama delivered some truth, some truthiness, a revised vision but no leadership to implement it….We salute Medea, and look at drones, targeted killing, and closing Gitmo.

–PBC likes hearing about ending CIA paramilitary roles and Obama’s admission that innocent civilians have been killed by his drone strikes, but fears that he has started a debate that he will likely lose

–in this excerpt, Jason Leopold explains that Obama gave the speech in response to the hunger strike at Guantanamo, among other reasons

–NBC reports that Holder was involved in approval of search of Fox reporter Rosen’s phone records

–Obama addresses Naval Academy grads, cites sexual assault crisis

–IRS fires Lois Lerner

–Michelle Bachmann rants about IRS and Obamacare, threatens to move from Minnesota over marriage equality

–Boy Scouts approve gay scout members, but not troop leaders

–Exxon-Mobil refuses to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy, fights shareholder measure for 14th year in a row

–bridge over Skagit River collapses

–Drug czar twists data to say that marijuana is linked to criminals

–Chechen father of man killed during interrogation by FBI in Orlando says he believes his son was tortured