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PBC News & Comment: On Poisoned Spending Bill, Obama Leads 57 House Dems Over a Fiscal Cliff

Obama leads Dems in the House over a fiscal cliff, as 57 Dems bail out Boehner on massive spending bill

--see if your member sold out here

--“exceptional” American hypocrisy as Obama readies sanctions on Venezuela for abuse of protesters

--in Berkeley protests this week, undercover highway patrol cops brandished guns at protesters after their cover was blown

--China slams US for hypocrisy on human rights as it rolls up Hong Kong protests

--at Vice, Natasha Lennard slams Obama’s defense of CIA torture

--conditions in US immigration prisons are brutal, amount to torture

--Still-Attorney-General Holder is prosecuting reporter James Risen, as Holder is asked to approve subpoena to CBS reporter in case from 1998

--death of Palestinian leader after confrontation with Israeli soldiers leads to call for end to Fatah-Israeli security cooperation

--details emerge on bungled USAID covert op in Cuba, where Rap was the secret weapon

--porn stars stage face-sitting protest in Britain over new restrictions on porn content