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PBC News & Comment: Tea Party Republican Fights NSA Phone Records Dragnet

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--Obama, NSA and allies on the Hill oppose Amash-Conyers amendment to end NSA collection of phone records

--Obama gives speech in Illinois about the economy

--Sen. Feinstein pushes to release declassified summary of report that says torture was wrong and didn't work in extracting useful information

--federal judge who was appointed by Bush II and presently serves on the FISA court whacks Obama's lawyer on drone killings of Americans

--NY Times op-ed slams "media bosses" who collude with the goverment to damage democracy, but it's not about the US

--offshore gas well erputs, 55 miles off Louisiana coast

--crippled Fukushima nuke plant is leaking radioactive water into the Pacific

--former NASA leader Jim Hansen argues for nuclear power to fight climate change, PBC not persuaded

--CIA is spending (only) $650,000 on weather modification project--is this the tip of the chemtrails iceberg?

--Brad Friedman at Bradblog tips us off to the Moral Monday protests in North Carolina, fighting back on anti-abortion and voter suppression laws