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PBC News & Comment: Planned Parenthood Likely to Dodge Defunding

As budget deadline nears, it appears that move to defund Planned Parenthood will fail, but longterm damage has been done…..

--Cecile Richards defends against smears of gotcha videos, as right wingers broaden attacks and try to shift funds to other women’s health programs

--Pope Francis urges Georgia to cancel woman’s execution tonight, and parole board sets unusual clemency hearing

--in Yemen, death toll climbs to 131 from Saudi strike on wedding party, Saudis deny responsibility

--in UN singles match, it’s advantage Putin; at the Guardian, Simon Jenkins says “everyone knows Putin is right”

--France, the newest nation to play in the Syria war, says Russian claims of fighting IS are “just for show”

--at Consortium News, journalist Joe Lauria details Obama’s self-deceit

--and Consortium News editor Robert Parry examines the use of false narratives used to manipulate public opinion

--Volkswagen will recall and retrofit up to 11 million diesel vehicles

--GOP leader Kevin McCarthy wants to be speaker, but it’s widely known he’s been having an affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina

--Trevor Noah takes over Daily Show from Jon Stewart, it will take time for him to establish his own voice

--San Francisco mayor vows to block “Idaho stop” for bicyclists, rejecting common sense