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PBC News & Comment: Full Podcast—Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence!

Cheering Chelsea Manning’s early release, we praise Kevin Gosztola for his excellent coverage of her case, defining his journalism skills….--read Gosztola’s report on the commutation at Shadowproof

--baseball star Willie McCovey got a pardon, former Gov. Don Siegelman didn’t

--Trevor Timm, in op-ed, says Manning did the right thing, and yesterday Obama did, too

--Julian Assange stands by his offer to be extradited to the US, but Obama deflects it at his final news conference

--Obama praised the media, defended Manning decision, and explains UN abstention as “wake up call” on fading 2-state solution

--those tough corporate media reporters didn’t ask about many important issues, like Guantanamo, where 40 or 41 men will languish indefinitely

--Obama weighs decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria

--second winner of Goldman environmental prize is murdered within a year

--British Prime Minister May defines her plans for Brexit

Part 2

As new report shows 2016 hottest year ever, Trump nominees for EPA, Interior admit global warming is not a hoax….

--Interior nominee Ryan Zinke: “I don’t believe it’s a hoax”

--EPA nominee Scott Pruitt says it, too, but his actions and support network contradict him

--see DeSmogBlog’s interactive graphic of Pruitt’s connections here

--billionaire Betsy DeVos dodges tough questions in hearing that is sharply curtailed by GOP chair

--at The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill demonstrates that DeVos lied about her family foundation, which funded anti-gay fundamentalists

--Scahill also exposes DeVos’ brother Erik Prince, Blackwater founder who is advising Trump in the background

--Trump’s national security team is off to slow start

--Tom Price, Trump’s demolish-Obamacare guy says he won’t be “pulling the rug out” but doesn’t explain how or why