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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!….Click here for free audiobook download that generates $15 for PBC Podcast from Audible!

–the “nobody’s happy” budget compromise tilts to GOP demands, but it will take Dem votes to pass it, as usual

–NYU’s Brennan Center on the Law issues scathing report on new domestic police ops:  fusion centers, joint terrorism task forces choke on massive data collection, fuel “chaos”

–White House bows to pro-Israel extremists, announces added sanctions on Iran that risk the interim deal over nuclear program

Time names Pope Frank as its Person of the Year

–protesters in Kiev refuse to meet with president until all protesters are released and government is dissolved

–hearings on Asiana crash at SFO reveal pilot error due to lack of training, and that firefighters ran over female victim twice

–FDA orders “23 And Me” to stop marketing and sales of DNA testing

–Kansas City converts phone booths to prayer booths

–atheist groups gather for Sunday “services”