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PBC News & Comment: Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Offenders, Will Visit Federal Prison

Long-awaited commutations of extreme sentences in nonviolent drug cases are announced, Obama will meet with prisoners at medium security prison….

--Greece knuckles under to draconian debt deal that’s worse than the one rejected 2 weeks ago

--as we await expected announcement of nuke deal with Iran, Gareth Porter reports that Obama tried to change terms, and delay a deal for political reasons

--was the Charleston church shooting a terrorist act? Faiza Patel of NYU’s Brennan Center on the Law discusses her recent op-ed

--activists in Oakland work to pass laws to regulate purchase and use of spy tech like Stingray

--prodded by activist (former) members like Dr. Jeff Kaye, American Psychological Assn. releases report admitting ethical improprieties in CIA torture, and apology

--former FBI director leads defense of APA ethics director who was fired after the report was completed

--in op-ed, psychiatrist says that Hippocratic oath prevents MD’s from participating in torture….but did it?

--video footage contradicts account of Israeli forces who killed Palestinian teenager on July 3

--Katy Butler writes powerful op-ed for NY Times on end-of-life issues

--on next page, former SDS leader Todd Gitlin writes nice profile of Bernie Sanders the ‘60’s radical, ending with the gratuitous prediction that Bernie can’t win