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"