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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