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PBC News & Comment: Russia Begins Airstrikes in Syria

Russia launched first airstrikes in Syria, not aimed at IS, widening the war and complicating overthrow of the Assad government….

–Afghan forces rushing to retake Kunduz get bogged down by Taliban fighters on the way as US airstrikes have little impact

–in our in-depth interview, journalist and commentator Robert Parry exposes Obama’s false narratives on Syria, Ukraine

–as Saudi Arabia gears up to crucify and behead teenager for protesting, Anonymous hackers hit Saudi websites, demanding clemency

–federal judge dismisses case brought by 9/11 families, citing sovereign immunity

–Chicago saw 14 people shot, 6 killed in 15-hour period

–Senate passes funding bill with no Planned Parenthood cuts, House votes next

–Cecile Richards faced down GOP demagogues yesterday, refuting the false claims against Planned Parenthood and exposing their incoherent arguments

–yesterday, we reported that Missouri investigation cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing, but radical GOP senate leader forces shutdown of Columbia clinic

–email from Traditional Values Coalition shows compounded lies used to support disingenuous claims

–listener Linda Lewis tipped me to op-ed from law professor arguing that efforts to strip funds from Planned Parenthood are unconstitutional “bill of attainder”

–Pope Francis had “secret meeting” with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who claims religious freedom to deny marriage licenses to gays

–several states are engaged in trafficking illegal, dangerous drugs used in executions

–Sen. Elizabeth Warren claims a scalp, as Brookings fires a fellow who misled a Senate committee about a report he testified on

–listener Carl Howard tipped me to Glenn Greenwald’s excellent article tying Sen. Feinstein and her powerful husband to efforts to punish anti-Israel views expressed on UC campuses