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PBC News & Comment: My 1,000th Podcast, Last of 2013!

In podcast #1,000--our last of 2013--we examine Obama's year-end press conference, his masterful spin on tough NSA questions.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: My 1,000th Podcast, Last of 2013!

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PBC News & Comment: Obama, Putin and Sean Penn Free Prisoners

Obama pardons 13, commutes 8 crack offender sentences; Putin frees 2,000 in Russia, Sean Penn brings American home from Bolivia.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Obama, Putin and Sean Penn Free Prisoners

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PBC News & Comment: In White House Reversal, Report of NSA “Reform” Panel to be Released Today

In change of plans, White House to release today report from panel of spooks that suggests cosmetic changes at NSA.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: In White House Reversal, Report of NSA “Reform” Panel to be Released Today

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PBC News & Comment: Snowden Seeks Refuge in Brazil as Court Opens Legal Floodgate

Monday's Washington Snowden storm:  White House rejects amnesty as Obama meets with angry tech execs and court rules against NSA... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Snowden Seeks Refuge in Brazil as Court Opens Legal Floodgate

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Journalist/Author Max Blumenthal Details Racism and Theocracy in Israel; Prof. David Lloyd on Vote by Academics to Boycott Israel

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Max Blumenthal's courageous, bluntly honest look at Israel and its treatment of Arabs and Palestinians; Prof. David  Lloyd of UC Riverside on ASA boycott vote... Continue reading Journalist/Author Max Blumenthal Details Racism and Theocracy in Israel; Prof. David Lloyd on Vote by Academics to Boycott Israel

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PBC News & Comment: Inside NSA, “Debate” Over Amnesty Offer to Snowden

Over the weekend, NY Times buried its report that NSA bigwigs are considering an amnesty offer to whistleblower Ed Snowden.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Inside NSA, “Debate” Over Amnesty Offer to Snowden

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PBC News & Comment: Gitmo’s First Commander Says “It’s Long Past Time to Close Guantanamo”

We get comment from super lawyer Michael Ratner on strong statements by Gitmo's first commander about closing Guantanamo prison... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Gitmo’s First Commander Says “It’s Long Past Time to Close Guantanamo”

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Michael Ratner of Center for Constitutional Rights Echos Original Gitmo Commander: Shut Down Guantanamo!

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Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, supports the call of Maj. Gen. Michael Lenhart to close Guantanamo. Continue reading Michael Ratner of Center for Constitutional Rights Echos Original Gitmo Commander: Shut Down Guantanamo!

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PBC News & Comment: Senate Pulls All-Nighters in Procedural Battle with GOP

Republicans drag feet on confirmations after filibuster rule change, so Harry Reid goes 24/7 until backlog depleted...Boomtown Rats rock!.... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Senate Pulls All-Nighters in Procedural Battle with GOP

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PBC News & Comment: Canada Spy Agency Partners with NSA to Collect Data on Americans

Today's Snowden flurries fall on Canada, whose spy agency collaborates with NSA to collect data in 20 countries, including data on Americans... Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Canada Spy Agency Partners with NSA to Collect Data on Americans