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PBC News & Comment: Washington Reality Matches Fictional ‘House of Cards’

Perfect timing: Netflix drops 3rd season of House of Cards as Congress, CPAC display many elements of our broken government…

--GOP leaders infantilize DC residents in attempt to block voter-approved marijuana decriminalization

--second day coverage of Jihadi John story brings some new information, along with lots of pro-government bias

--at Pando, War Nerd Gary Brecher offers smug takedown of Jihadi John, the poor little rich kid

--in the cradle of civilization, IS dumps the cradle and destroys history and relics in Mosul as it takes hundreds of Assyrian Christians hostage

--obscure group in Egypt challenges Sisi’s police state, sets off 6 bombs in Giza

--in excerpt from our in-depth interview, former Guantanamo guard Joseph Hickman explains that Gitmo is “America’s battle lab” and a death camp with human medical experimentation

--Shahid Buttar of BORDC arrested at Senate hearing after calling DNI Clapper a perjurer

--at VICE, Jason Leopold reports on heavily redacted Pentagon memo assessing impact of Snowden disclosures

--45,000 have signed petition calling for impeachment of federal Judge Mark Fuller.  You can sign here.

--for-profit college operator Corinthian faces “debt strike” by students who have big loans, worthless academic records

--Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame dies at 83