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PBC News & Comment: Gun Nuts Rally to Block “Obama Gun Grab” from Mentally Ill

In hysterical email alert, Gun Owners of America defend mentally incompetent Social Security recipients from background checks: “largest gun grab”

--as armed vigilantes are told to stop patrolling military recruiting stations, Pentagon considers policy changes to permit soldiers to carry guns

--oops, that Mullah Omar who just approved peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government—he’s been dead for over 2 years

--Taliban makes gains in 3 areas of Afghnistan

--Turkey continues to hammer Kurds in Syria, Iraq, now Turkey

--following yesterday’s statement of NATO support for Turkey, some members display unease

--new coalition of rebels in Syria targets Assad government, and Assad’s Alawite base

--big split in GOP, as hardliners in House mount effort to dump Speaker Boehner

--campus cop in Cincinnati is charged with murder of unarmed black man

--Israel accused of war crimes in 2014 “Hannibal procedure” following capture of Israeli soldier

--whoops! Pentagon doubles—again—estimated number of locations it sent live anthrax to

--Director of National Intelligence confirms that our old phone records will be purged, and new data can only be held for 6 months

--Bobby Gates, who presided over end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, has led Boy Scouts to lift ban on gay scout leaders

--Shell’s arctic drilling ice breaker is in Portland for repairs, kayaktivists and bridge danglers are protesting