- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is I never thought it would happen to me...
- BP effort to stop settlement payments fails:
The Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multi-district litigation and the BP settlement refused the oil company’s request to suspend claim payments for damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
BP wanted payments suspended because of allegations of misconduct by an employee at an Alabama claims center, but an internal probe by an investigator working for Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator, found no evidence of fraud.
- Democratic group rewriting George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum version of his legacy: Staff at the Democratic nonprofit group Bridge Project, with a focus "exposing the conservative movement's dishonest tactics," has decided the library's history of Bush's time in office doesn't quite tell the 43rd president's story accurately. So it has launched a website, BushRewrite.org, to "rectify the falsehoods and omissions of the Bush library."
The Bush library contents are "American fiction," Eddie Vale, vice president of Bridge Project, told HuffPost. "The inaccuracies and omissions are a disservice to the annals of history, but ignoring the lessons of the Bush administration poses a threat to our nation’s future. The failure to recognize the consequences of Bush’s policy decisions is why today’s congressional Republicans are even more ambitious than Bush ever was in pursuing the policies that served as the catalyst for the crises from which we are still recovering."
- GDP growth in 2nd quarter adjusted upward to 2.5 percent: Gross domestic product for the second quarter was reported last month at 1.7 percent compared with 1.1 percent for the first quarter.
The upward revision to the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected an upward revision to exports, a downward revision to imports, and an upward revision to private inventory investment that were partly offset by a downward revision to state and local government spending.
- "Dirtiest hotel" owner can't sue for defamation:
The owner of a Tennessee hotel dubbed “America’s dirtiest” in a 2011 list on the website of TripAdvisor Inc. has been told by another judge, this time in an appeals court, that he can’t sue the online travel site for defamation. [...]
Even though the hotel has reportedly closed, a listing for it remains on TripAdvisor’s website with 226 out of 321 reviewers rating it as “terrible.” Four other hotels in Pigeon Forge, however, are ranked worse.
- Mother Jones cites "nine wildest complaints" about Trump University. The rip-off operation spurred New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to announce a lawsuit against it. No. 1 complaint from MoJo's Thomas Stackpole:
Trump U's "handpicked" instructors didn't know anything about real estate: Trump University, the filing alleges, "repeatedly claimed that prospective students would be taught by successful real estate 'experts' who were 'handpicked' by Donald Trump. In fact, respondents lacked substantiation for the claims that their instructors and mentors were successful real estate entrepreneurs. Not a single one was 'handpicked' by Donald Trump. Many came to Trump University from jobs having little to do with real estate investments, and some came to Trump University shortly after their real estate investing caused them to go into bankruptcy."
- Legislator who wants to arm teachers shoots teacher with rubber bullet during training exercise:
A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R) recently participated in “active shooter” training and mistakenly shot a teacher who was confronting a so-called bad guy. The experience gave Hutchinson “some pause” but failed to shake his confidence in the plan.
- Americans are driving less in nearly every state. A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group concludes that over the past eight years, miles traveled have steadily dropped. Only in North Dakota, Nevada, Louisiana and Alabama were driving miles per capita in 2011 above their 2004 or 2005 peaks:
Young people everywhere are driving far less than prior generations — while 97 percent of 19 year olds had drivers licenses in 1983, only 69 percent did in 2011. The average driving miles for people between the ages of 16 and 34 also dropped dramatically between 2001 and 2009.
- It was an "encore performance" of the Kagro in the Morning show today, with another look back at where we were a year ago: Recapping the craziness of the Republican National Convention's first night, both on the podium and on the floor. Rick Santorum's grandfather's (secretly socialist) hands. Kelly Ayotte's lemonade stand. Nikki Haley's Sudafed. Chris Christie's... Chris Christie. And more. Plus Greg Dworkin's daily polling and issues analysis, and Armando's take on the shouting down of Zoraida Fonalledas.
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