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News &Comment: Reacting to Information and Commentary from the Sunday Papers

Joe Jackson opens with "Sunday Papers" as your humble host browses and opines on Ukraine, pipelines, and Catholic extremists: listen!...Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

--90% plus approve secession vote in Eastern Ukraine in low-credibility election on Sunday

--Russian gas bill to Ukraine jumps from $2 bil to $22 bil

--German media report picked up by RT says 400 Academi mercenaries are fighting with Ukraine military

--listener Alex, in UK, warns about EU Times

--federal agency report says oil/gas pipeline oversight is very weak

--PG&E still trying to find all its gas lines, $300 million effort includes many mistakes

--60% of oil and gas wells on federal, Indian land uninspected

--NY Times analysis shows Supreme Court is divided on political lines for the first time

--NY Times columnists Dowd and Noceri expose Catholic extremism, as US bishops demand teachers sign contracts with morals clauses, and Pope Francis condones Vatican attack on nuns

--Cecily McMillan gets visit from Pussy Riot members at Rikers