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PBC News & Comment: 17 Republicans Compete for “American Idiot” Title

Fox “News” hosts bizarre serial interrogation of GOP candidates, enabling many incoherent, ignorant and reckless comments—not just from Trump…

–candidates found new extremes on Planned Parenthood, surveillance, immigration, most with limited connections to reality

–Fox bobbleheads delivered surprisingly tough “gotcha” questions to all

–Canadian prime minister candidates debated in Toronto at same time, with focus on pipelines, declining oil revenues, and surveillance

–Jon Stewart signs off with parade of his correspondents, self-deprecation

–in Toronto, American Psychological Assn adopts new ban on members participation in torture

–new book by 8 top former CIA officials will try to rebut Senate torture report

–excerpt from our interview with former CIA officer John Kiriakou on the impact of austerity in Greece, including a jump in the number of suicides

–IS fighters reportedly kidnap 230 from newly occupied Qaryatain

–US, Russia agree to UN resolution for investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

–Chicago Police and ACLU reach accord to review stop-n-frisk data

–Senate committee reports slams airlines over baggage fees, cancellation fees as “unfair or deceptive” practices