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PBC News & Comment: New House Bill Would Fully Repeal Patriot Act

Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduce Surveillance State Repeal Act, which could restore most 4th Amendment rights….

--federal judge in San Francisco orders FBI to release records on monitoring Muslims

--friendly review panel gives FBI good marks since 9/11, still finds shortcomings

--Afghanistan’s Ghani leads charm offensive in Washington, gives speech to joint session of Congress, gets money and troop commitments through 2017

--civil war expands in Yemen, another failure of US military and intelligence, our most recent puppet is on the run

--US conducting aerial recon for Iranian fighters near Tikrit

--Syrian rebels close in on Idlib

--in latest story on Americans fighting for IS, NY Times admits it’s an anomaly, not a trend—only 6 men and 3 women known

--Boko Haram reportedly stages another mass kidnapping, as many as 500 this time

--at VICE, Jason Leopold fills in the redacted gaps of weak intelligence that was manipulated for Iraq invasion

--Jesus Gomez is giving Rahm Emmanuel a real challenge in April 7 Chicago mayor runoff

--in NY Times op-ed, Teresa Tritch notes that Obama could use executive order to force disclosure of political contributions by government contractors

--California senate committee tries to understand big swings in gas prices, gets a headache

--in visit to Birmingham tomorrow, will Obama pardon or commute the sentence of Don Siegelman?