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PBC News & Comment: After Crimea Votes to Join Russia, What Will US and Allies Do?

To the strains of "Mother Russia" by Sisters of Mercy, your humble host suggests there's no point to threatening Russia.....Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

--Kerry meets Lavrov in London, Russia does not blink on showdown over Crimea

--amid struggle over torture report, Senate confirms new CIA general counsel

--Algerian released from Gitmo

--US remains rogue nation on human rights treaty

--Senate finally restores unemployment benefit extension

--Obama wields his pen, expands overtime to “supervisors”

--Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls Obama about NSA revelations undermining his datamining

--after deporting 2 million plus, Obama agrees to review deportation policies

--EPA takes BP off probation, offers it new leases in Gulf of Mexico

--big fracking protest in Sacramento Saturday

--Colorado appeals court allows challenges to pot convictions that preceded legalization

--truce between Israel and Palestinians is not holding

--journalist Joel Brinkley dies at 61, was a guest in 2012