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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….Click here for free audiobook download, and generate $15 to PBC Podcast from Audible!

–ex-CIA director Woolsey says Ed Snowden should be tried for treason and hanged

–Obama’s buddies on the NSA reform panel deliver 300-page report with 46 recommendations, but not a single one will end unconstitutional spying on Americans in the US

–Google discloses 2013 requests from governments to remove material, and the US is NOT #1

–in UK, Parliament panel releases its list of 27 questions about British involvement in US torture and rendition programs–could it lead to a real investigation of American violations?

–fine print in new Pentagon budget bill eases restrictions on releasing prisoners from Guantanamo, minor victory for ObamaCo

–violence and death continue in Syria, and plague South Sudan

–2013 was a really bad year for reproductive rights, and we recap the coordinated effort at the state level to block access to abortion

–in an email, Liz Cheney whines that “liberal Republicans” like McCain are colluding to defeat her Senate bid from Wyoming