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    No Amendment to the Constitution is Absolute?

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    Today’s on The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland announcing limited measures to tackle gun violence in the US, eleven killed as Myanmar protesters fight troops with handmade guns, and Virginia legalizes recreational Marijuana. 

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    Kristen Berman - Creative Producer, Account Manager, and Marketing Manager | Big Tech Censorship, Local Journalism, and Gannett Owned News Outlets

    Gareth Porter - Investigative Journalist, Author, and Policy Analyst | JCPOA, U.S. Congress, and Israel’s Interest in the JCPOA 

    In the first hour, Lee and John spoke with Kristen Berman on email censorship, Freedom of Speech, and the US government outsourcing censorship. Kristen discussed recent censorship her website has come across from sending emails to journalists of local news outlets across the country. Kristen spoke about the response she received from the President of USA Today on her email domain blockage and what the future holds in local news with censorship.

    In the second hour, Lee and John spoke with Gareth Porter on the indirect talks of the JCPOA, Iran, and Gareth’s prediction for the JCPOA. Gareth discussed the leverage used by the Biden administration by way of Trump sanctions enforced before the Biden administration entered office. Gareth spoke on Israel’s behavior to sabotage the JCPOA and the influence of Israel on the US Congress.

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    Sanctions, Middle East, Iran, Wall Street, Gun Debate, marijuana, South Dakota, local newspaper, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia)
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