- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Teddy bear devolution:
- Detroit mayor gets nopology from Boston mayor over "blow up" comment:
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing shot back after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said that he would "blow up" Detroit and start over, the Detroit News reports.Menino later nopologized for a bad choice of words: "The mayor is sorry that people have taken offense." But is he sorry he said it?
Said Bing: "I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.'"
- Relatives of military veterans who committed suicide tell their stories.
- Putin talks about his interactions with "these people":
Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to give a “gay” interview today to the Associated Press, in the face of growing international pressure against Russia’s draconian new anti-gay law. With just months to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Putin’s interview suggests that Russian leader is more than a bit worried about the international backlash he’s faced.He didn't say whether gay athletes would be arrested if they let anybody know they are gay.
In the interview, Putin assured AP that some of his best award-recipients are gay. Or as Putin calls them, “these people.”
“I assure you that I work with these people, I sometimes award them with state prizes or decorations for their achievements in various fields,” Putin said in an interview with The Associated Press and Russia’s state Channel 1 television late Tuesday. “We have absolutely normal relations, and I don’t see anything out of the ordinary here.”
- Ariel Castro cuts his sentence short:
The apparent suicide of Ariel Castro while serving a life sentence for abducting and repeatedly torturing and sexually abusing three women for a decade will be investigated, state officials said in the latest chapter in the Cleveland tragedy that mesmerized and horrified the nation.
Castro, 53, a former bus driver who was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison as part of a plea agreement that saved him from death row, was found hanging in his cell in a state prison in Orient on Tuesday night ...
- Trying to be the most quoted nobody in the world:
With no special skill or expertise, Greg Packer has been quoted by media outlets nearly a thousand times. Since his name first appeared on newsprint, in 1995, he’s spoken to reporters on subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to the release of the first iPhone. Greg’s campaign to be the most quoted man in news has been so successful that the Associated Press sent its staff a memo that essentially banned interviews with him. That hasn’t stopped Greg’s “career.” Individually, his quotes are utterly unremarkable, but, considered as a whole, they add up to a rather stunning body of work.
- Federal prosecutor will not relent on marijuana prosecutions. The Department of Justice is taking a new, more relaxed approach, but U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who covers the Northern District of California, is going to keep on keeping on:
It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail.
- Economists at one bank say picking Larry Summers would cut GDP by half a percent:
Economists at BNP Paribas have issued a research note saying if President Obama picks Larry Summers as the next Federal Reserve Chairman, he will do serious harm to the U.S. economy.
Julia Coronado, Chief Economist for North America at BNP, and her colleagues Bricklin Dwyer and Laura Rosner estimated in a note last week that picking Summers over Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen would shave 0.5 to 0.75 points off GDP growth over two years and cut job creation by 350,000 to 500,000 jobs.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin started us off with the morning roundup. Armando parsed questions about who trusts whom on which of the many issues Syria presents. Joan McCarter added observations on the refugee crisis, pointed us to William Polk's eye-opening primer on Syria, reprinted with permission here by Meteor Blades, and previewed her story of continuing Republican efforts to sabotage the rollout of the ACA. We closed with procedural issues surrounding the authorization for military intervention in Syria, and Brian Beutler's article on how Ted Cruz is breaking politics.
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