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PBC News & Comment: Rand Paul’s filibuster adds to confusion over Patriot Act extension

Holding forth for over 10 hours, Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster complicates fellow Kentuckian McConnell’s drive for full Patriot Act extension…

--TPP fast track bill clears cloture vote in Senate, House could still block it

--in this week’s Processing Distortion podcast, State Dept. whistleblower Peter van Buren explores jihadi travel: americans who want to join Islamic State fighters

--Jeremy Scahill publishes lengthy story of Americans who joined al Shabbab, and now see it as a criminal mob

--NY Times publishes some Hillary emails, revealing that Clinton loyalist Sidney Blumenthal sent her a string of emails about Libya, where he was trying to invest

--Siegelman appeal denied, read the decision here

--in Israel, Netanyahu abruptly cancels plan for apartheid transit buses

--Santa Barbara oil pipeline spill estimate is 5 times worse than first reports

--Nebraska’s GOP governor plans futile veto of death penalty ban

--4 cancer charities are accused of fleecing donors for $187 million

--Letterman signs off