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PBC News & Comment: Scrooge Arrives Early as GOP Radicals Cut Food Stamps

In first of Tea Party salvos, GOP-run House cuts food stamps and bans lottery winners from receiving them–RU kidding?…..Click here for GoDaddy deal that benefits the PBC podcast!

–new ACLU report slams FBI fusion centers and collection of silly “suspicious activity reports”

–the benevolent leader of the NSA, Keith Alexander, sends letter to NSA families that portray the spooks as victims

–protest grows over Petraeus teaching at CUNY, dozens of faculty urge him to resign and protesters to be freed without charges

–rape victim at Naval Academy is grilled for 30 hours by prosecutors, underscoring need for external investigation and prosecution of military sex crimes

–big show in NY next week as UN General Assembly convenes:  Iran has new overtures regarding nukes, but Netanyahu is raging for an attack on Iran

–McCain responds to Putin’s op-ed with a column in Pravda that mostly reveals that McCain is a pissy old Cold Warrior

NY Times notes that JPMorgan admitted major errors, but no executives are held responsible

–EPA publishes new limits on power plant emissions, big fight looms with “Clean Coal” lobby

–pro-nuke Prime Minister Abe of Japan tours Fukushima, and orders Tepco to shut down all 6 reactors

–Caroline Kennedy sails to confirmation as new US ambassador to Japan

–AG Holder keeps his promise to ease the War on Some Drugs, orders US attorneys to refile current cases to avoid mandatory sentences

–pensioners in Detroit appeal to bankruptcy judge not to take away their pensions