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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