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PBC News & Comment: Fools Abound This April 1

These days, it’s hard to separate buffoons, blowhards and pranksters, easy to laugh at the fear-filled worldview of the Right…..–no joke here: 500,000 Americans in 40 states lose food stamp benefits as of April 1

–new polls show Sanders and Cruz leading in Wisconsin, could deal setbacks to Clinton and Trump

–in flash of anger, Clinton says she is “sick of the Sanders campaign lying” about donations from fossil fuel industry; she splits hairs in her denials

Brent Budowsky, a longtime Clinton loyalist, says she owes Sanders an apology

–while pundits and pols say Sanders is finished, he raised $44 million in March

–Republicans worry that Trump will become “Zombie” candidate, damaging GOP

–Turkey’s strongman Erdogan arrives in Washington, and his security goons harass journalists like they’re at a Trump rally

–Turkey is also brutalizing refugees and forcing them back to Syria, a trend that is likely to worsen with new EU migrant return policy

–Obama hosts 50 world leaders for nuclear summit, lecturing them on disarmament as US maintains and upgrades its nuke arsenal

–Islamic State confronts Saudi royal rulers, claiming IS reflects true Wahabbis

–new reports indicate that commander gave OK to medic to execute unarmed, wounded Palestinian in West Bank last week

–Apple Computer celebrates 40th birthday, an amazing arc of innovation marred by tax-dodging and offshore manufacturing

–40 years ago today, Three Mile Island nuke plant in Pennsylvania, and worker says the damage was “hundreds times worse” than reported

–nearly-bankrupt Cumulus Media nukes legendary KGO-AM with staff purge and format change to conservative talk

–Nicole Sandler compiles a great list of the “liberal media” online