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PBC News & Comment: Ransom Negotiations and Failed Commando Raid Preceded Foley’s Beheading

Back story emerges in IS beheading of journalist Jim Foley, as US refused to pay millions and Syria raid failed.....

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--General Allen urges Obama to “wipe out” IS

--great analysis from Brian Fishman, “don’t bullshit Americans about wiping out IS”

--Israeli raids on Gaza kill 3 top Hamas leaders and some kids

--National Guard withdraws from Ferguson

--Holder’s Justice Dept has increased prosecutions of rogue cops

--the same “Justice” Dept continues to press violations of First Amendment rights of reporter James Risen

--Justice Dept sets $16.6 billion fine for Bank of America, but no banksters go to jail

--DEA announces much tighter rules for hydrocodone prescriptions

--US Navy expels 34 sailors for cheating on nuke exams

--more details have surfaced about the Marine jailed in Mexico, which we reported yesterday.  Read Robin Abcarian’s column here