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PBC News & Comment: Catching Up On Plenty of Bad News

Turkey shot down Russian fighter, crazy white guy shot up Planned Parenthood, Daesh fills US-created vacuum in Libya, GOP fantasies challenged…..Your humble host was away for 10 days, finds madness metastatizes, at home and abroad; he was in Brazil on a business trip

–Putin shows remarkable restraint after Turkey shot down Russian fighter that may have entered Turk airspace for 17 seconds; analysis from Gareth Porter

–France puts NATO at risk in anti-Daesh alliance with Syria

–Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is combat veteran, lone Dem to challenge Obama on Syria

–Kurdish fighters say US Special Forces have been fighting alongside them for months

–US is funding new “moderate” group of fighters called “New Syrian Army”

–in lengthy Sunday report, NY Times says IS has firm grip on coastal Libyan town, but doesn’t mention that US helped create the failed state of Libya

–Colorado shooter at Planned Parenthood rants about “baby parts” as Sen. Boxer demands end of Planned Parenthood witch hunt, Carly Fiorina blames liberals

–protesters, banned at Paris climate summit, are gassed and dispersed

–Obama admits US role in climate change, urges action

–Obama hints that he may pardon all federal death row inmates, reports Bob Egelko

–outrage over video that shows Chicago police lied about execution-style shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald

–in Baltimore, cops on trial for death of Freddie Gray get low bail, express trials, says public defender

–in Cleveland, family of Tamir Rice calls reports that justified his killing “preposterous