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PBC News & Comment: Obama Says Iraq Refugee Crisis Has Eased, But Bombing Continues

Advance team reports that most Yazidis have left Mt. Sinjar safely, but US bombing raids on IS will continue "indefinitely"...

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--Gaza cease-fire extended 5 more days, optimistic comments from Hamas

--MIT Prof. Ted Postol tells PBC that Israel’s Iron Dome is not 80-90% effective—it’s more like 5%--in Processing Distortion interview here

--Obama offers well-calibrated comments on unrest in Ferguson, MO

--Glenn Greenwald, here, and Matthew Harwood here offer good criticism of the militarization of local cops

--James Bamford’s excellent story in Wired on Snowden is a good read

--federal judge in Oakland rules that FISA files will stay secret

--State Dept whistleblower John Tye tries to avoid becoming the next Snowden

--as unfounded fears of IS attack in US are spread, man is arrested at JFK based on surveillance of his Twitter account

--after a break of a couple of decades, supporters are trying to pass the Equal Rights Amendment