….Trippingly off the tongue:
….Trippingly off the tongue:
The CIA searched computers intended to be used solely by the Senate Intelligence Committee in an apparent effort to determine how committee staff members gained access to a draft version of an internal agency review of its controversial interrogation program, U.S. officials said.
Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes re-opening plants shuttered after disaster
TIME, By Bryan Walsh, February 25
If there was one thing that seemed certain in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in 2011—the worst atomic accident since Chernobyl—it was that nuclear power in Japan and the rest of the world was in major trouble.
AP, February 27
Austin, TX — A federal judge declared Texas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional yesterday, but left it in place until an appeals court can rule on the case.
Judge Orlando Garcia issued the preliminary injunction after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a long-standing law. He said the couples [...]
Los Angeles Times, By Michael. A Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey, February 24
Washington — President Obama told the nation’s governors Monday that a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a matter of months, signaling he did not intend to let a recent court ruling derail his decision on whether to approve the [...]
Think of all the things we could have used that money for: funding education, free healthcare, roads, bridges, curing cancer, you name it. That was our money. We’ll never know what they spent it on and we’ll certainly never see it again.
- Jesse Ventura You can learn a lot about a person by [...]
LATimes – The credit card company’s recent contract update includes terms that sound menacing and creepy.
Ding-dong, Cap One calling.
Credit card issuer Capital One isn’t shy about getting into customers’ faces. The company recently sent a contract update to cardholders that makes clear it can drop by any time it pleases.
The update specifies [...]
I don’t know how badly the drought will effect the current year’s harvest in California. (I’m certain we have experts here that know more about it than I do.) But I do know this: if prolonged, you can expect it to have serious domestic repercussions. California’s food crops are much, much more diverse than those [...]
Yahoo News, By Olivier Knox, February 12
The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday.
The U.S. plummeted 13 slots to 46th overall “amid increased efforts to track down [...]
Washington Post, By David A. Fahrenthold, February 12
Former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin — who became the face of a desperate, drowning city during Hurricane Katrina — was convicted Wednesday on charges of accepting bribes from city contractors while in office.
Nagin, a Democrat, was found guilty by a federal jury on 20 [...]
Bloomberg, By Andrew Harris, February 13
Kentucky was ordered by a federal judge to recognize same-sex marriages made in other states as similar challenges were filed in Louisiana and Missouri, escalating litigation over gay rights in courts nationwide.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Louisville, Kentucky, yesterday said denying recognition to out-of-state same-sex marriages [...]
Now our national power grid has become a matter of national security:
AP, By Josh Lederman, February 4
Washington — Aiming to help rural communities deal with climate change, the Obama administration is creating seven regional “climate hubs” that will serve as clearinghouses for information and outreach about extreme weather across the U.S.
Based at existing Agriculture Department facilities, the hubs aim to help farmers and [...]
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