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PBC News & Comment: Full Podcast—First Amendment Under Attack

Protests over inauguration are likely to continue, and GOP legislators in 6 states are pushing legislation to limit rights to protest…new investigation by Buzzfeed shows that cops get away with lies, even when videos contradict false reports and testimony

–in last blast at Islamic State, Obama orders drones and B-2 stealth bombers to strike in Libya

–in final plea, NY Times editorial begs Obama to pardon Snowden and Leonard Peltier; PBC adds Don Siegelman

–Russia extends Snowden’s asylum to 2020

–Roger Shuler, instrumental in covering the Sigelman case has also exposed Jeff Sessions as closeted gay man; today’s post fights defamation against Shuler

–highlighting Obama’s failure to expose and prosecute Bush-era torture, new documents expose CIA internal feuds over torture consultants and grisly details of the torture of Abu Zubaydeh

–in Virginia, execution using secretly-manufactured death drugs appears to have been botched, but officials aren’t telling

–in conflict over demolitions of the homes of Israeli Arabs, competing narratives emerge about jeep-killing of policeman

–China gets serious about climate change, cancels construction of 103 coal plants

–GOP senator and MD Bill Cassidy of Louisiana proposes letting states decide about ending Obamacare

Part 2

NY Times reporter Scott Shane, who’s promoted evidence-free CIA claims of Russian hacking, exposes Maryland author of major campaign fiction…

–read the story here

–seven Democrats want to be DNC chair, and they debated in DC last night

–California’s senior senator, and oldest in the chamber, Dianne Feinstein, hints that she will run again in 2018

–Trump descends on DC for inauguration, and hypes his cabinet for high IQ’s

–Senate Dem leader Schumer blusters about Trump nominees, but confirmations will start on Friday

–Rick Perry rejects stupid things he’s said in the past about climate change and the Dept. of Energy

–in confirmation hearing, Sens. Warren and Wyden slam Treasury pick Mnuchin, who forgot to disclose $100 million in assets