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PBC News & Comment: McCarthy Drops Speaker Bid, Clinton Says She Opposes TPP

Beltway bombshells: Media keep McCarthy’s affair on downlow, as Clinton says “me too” to Sanders and says she opposes TPP…

–Google search for terms “Kevin McCarthy” and “affair” return 3 million results, but corporate media blacked out coverage of McCarthy’s alleged affair with Rep. Renee Ellmers

–Alan Grayson claims credit for McCarthy’s withdrawal over Benghazi comments

–in Iowa interview, Hillary Clinton says she can’t support TPP, “based on what I’ve seen”

–former Vermont newspaper editor supports Sanders on the issues, but says he’s a humorless, moralizing scold

–Prof. Larry Lessig is a qualified candidate for president, but is being excluded from debates

–CIA operative turned whistleblower Sabrina DeSousa is detained in Lisbon, may be extradited to Italy to face charges in botched Abu Omar kidnapping; she was interviewed for this podcast in August, 2013

–in new report, WhoWhatWhy says FBI is creating massive database of pictures and fingerprints, and combining criminal and civil data in alarming developments

–FBI director Comey resists mandatory reporting of police killings, after previously complaining that he did not have this data

–FBI reports busting Moldovans who were trying to sell radioactive cesium to Islamic State for dirty bomb, but AP investigation shows bad guys got away

–GOP Senate chair submits amendments to funding bill the would block prosecution of medical marijuana, protect banks with pot money, allow vets to use medical weed