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PBC News & Comment: Boehner, the Tearful Clown, Will Step Down as Speaker; Shaker Aamer to be Released from Gitmo!

Unable to control his radical rightwing caucus, John Boehner says he’s retiring at end of October; will replacement be worse?….

–As lame duck, Boehner will have less leverage to stop government shutdown over Planned Parenthood

–another surprise in Washington, as China’s Xi Jinping embraces cap & trade of carbon emissions, upstaging Obama’s failed effort

—-my biggest surprise is the announcement that Shaker Aamer will be released from Gitmo

–Pope Francis road show moves to New York and the UN, where he advocated peace and environmental justice

–also at the UN, Saudi Arabia is trying to block an inquiry into war crimes in Yemen, enhanced by the recent appointment of Saudi Arabia to UN Human Rights Council

–in Yemen, suicide bomber kills 25 at mosque observing holy day of Eid al-Adha

–on Monday, Putin is expected to explain Russia’s intentions in Syria, followed by meeting with Obama

–a bad week for corporate criminals, says Paul Krugman, slamming Jeb Bush’s calls for deregulation and promoting charter schools

–Center for Media and Democracy releases stunning report about 2,500 charter schools that have failed, with at least $200 million wasted

–review of Obamacare website exposes data at risk to hackers

–my friend Richard Rapaport wrote a great op-ed about the real Carly Fiorina

–the Fiorina campaign slings disproven mud at critic Jeffrey Sonenfeld, a dean at Yale