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PBC News & Comment: US Lacks Leverage, Credibility to Broker Gaza Cease-Fire

Secretary Blowhard, aka John Kerry, tries shuttle diplomacy, but has no credibility or leverage with Palestinians, and war rages on....Click here for free audiobook download from Audible, and earn $15 for the PBC Podcast!

--NY Times runs two analytical pieces about Gaza war, both interesting, both flawed

--AP story gives decent account of Palestinian demands

--UN says Israel has likely committed war crimes

--Ukraine reports 2 of its fighter jets shot down

--al Jazeera exposes rogue Afghan warlords supported by US

--US in talks with Germany over US spying

--new arrest in Boston bombing, suspect allegedly supplied pistol used to kill MIT security guard

--Obama holds fundraisers in 3 western cities, including San Francisco

--latest bankster scam: subprime loans for used cars

--in Portland, evangelicals are accused of targeting kids