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Gov. Brown Stuns Activists; Signs Anti-Free Speech Bill

Succumbing to the Israel lobby, California's Governor Jerry Brown, a once Pacifica radio host, Saturday signed AB 2844, Assemblyman Richard Bloom's (D-Santa Monica) 10-times amended bill to chill criticism of Israel. After activists mobilized around the state to protest Bloom's attack on the 1st Amendment, lawmakers diluted the bill's language, which had initially included an Israel enemies list reminiscent of the McCarthy era.
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