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PBC News & Comment: Putin Plays “Democracy” Game, Obama Plays “Sanctions” Game

March Madness goes global as Putin wins Crimea in first round; Obama announces sanctions and McCain poses as the tough guy…..Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

–Crimean ballots had two choices, but not “nyet”

–McCain writes op-ed,  “Obama Made America Look Weak”

–Gen Sinclair cops a plea, avoids sex assault charges

–Senate caves to NRA, blocking surgeon general confirmation

–Colorado prison chief spent a night in solitary, revises isolation procedures, CA state senator offers bill to limit solitary

–US-backed military dictators in Egypt jail 16,000 as gunmen attack army bus in Cairo

–Dutch Ruppersberger, the NSA’s Congressman proposes reforms on metadata—but suspicions are warranted

–no new developments on missing Malaysian plane, despite wall-to-wall coverage

Closing tune by Thomas Dolby