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PBC News & Comment: NSA Spooks Give 3-Hop Spin on Capitol Hill

NSA and "Justice" tools face bipartisan anger over surveillance at House Judiciary hearing, WashPost blacks out "3-hop" testimony, Guardian doesn't....Click here for GoDaddy special offer and 10% off webhosting!

--while The Guardian has an uneven track record, its coverage of House hearing on NSA surveillance included critical info about "3-Hop" collection, which was omitted by Washington Post

--FISA court judge Reggie Walton declassifies Yahoo vs. NSA case

--Electronic Frontier Foundation sues NSA on behalf of Unitarians, challenging phone records collection under 1st Amendment

--excerpt from our interview with independent journalist Russ Baker about many contradictions in Boston bombing story and the FBI killing of Todashev in Florida

--FBI blocks Florida coroner from releasing autopsy of Todashev, killed by FBI agent in Orlando in May

--Boston pols object to Rolling Stone cover photo of Tsarnaev, try to suppress it

--after Dems threaten, GOP allows confirmation of Cordray to consumer protection bureau

--Senate committee asks a few tough questions, but will let Samantha Power glide to confirmation as UN ambassador

--Obamacare rates for NY state unveiled, look very attractive

--in California, PUC changes course and proposes $300 million fine for PG&E over gas pipeline blast and upgrades

--our local sewer manager ran off with $350,000 and has been nabbed in the Phillippines.  Did we use terror laws to track an ordinary thief?