- Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is No animals were harmed:
- Gung-ho ex-sheriff lies about fighting Feds with women as human shields. In an interview with TPM, former Arizona sheriff claims he never thought it was a good idea to put women out front in case the shooting started at Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch. He told TPM's Dylan Scott "I never thought it was a good idea. I was kind of surprised by the fact that they did." But that's the opposite of he previously told radio host Ben Swann:
“It was a tactical plot that I was trying to get them to use,” Mack said. “If they’re going to start killing people, I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot.”
“I’m sorry, that sounds horrible,” he continued. “I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would have gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.”
- A black girl's fear.
- "Personhood" could be a big deal in Senate races:
The issue isn’t being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.
- CNN chyron calls sinking of Titanic "breaking news".
- In her new book, Sen. Warren reveals interchanges with president:
Obama told her that he dared not appoint her to head the consumer agency she created, because she made Senate Republicans and Wall Street bankers “very nervous.”
A few weeks later, meeting outside for a chat that became as uncomfortable as the hot weather, Obama asked Warren to do the setup work for the consumer protection agency that she would not lead. When she resisted, Obama got testy.
“You’re jamming me, Elizabeth,” Obama said.
- Lost sea lion pup found 100 miles from Pacific:
A volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep, KTVU-TV reported. The 36-pound sea lion is undergoing treatment for open sores, center officials said.
Before he can be returned to the wild, Hoppie needs to gain weight, said the marine experts, who are giving him five pounds of fish a day and around-the-clock care.
- Duncan Black (Atrios) "celebrates" 12th anniversary of Eschaton:
I can't say this "job" is "hard" relative to the shit most people put up with, but there is something about the constant stress of having to come up with a post every couple of hours. I hit publish and immediately start thinking of what to post next. Yes I know I have a reputation for not writing anything, but writing is the easy part. Having something to say is the hard bit.
- Unemployment compensation claims climb slightly: For the week ending April 12, seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment compensation was 304,000, up 2,000 from the previous week's revised level. The less volatile four-week running average fell to 312,000, the lowest average since October 6, 2007. For the week ending March 29, the total number of people claiming compensation was 3,007,392, down 155,971 from the previous week. For the comparable week of 2012, there were 5,146,499 persons claiming compensation. But a large chunk of that huge drop is a consequence of the failure to renew the federally funded emergency compensation program in December.
- Hot off the wires: Kepler hits the planetary jackpot! -- DS
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, long-time Netroots denizen (and ex-BLM employee!) Mark Brooks on fighting his way through the many (and familiar) obstacles that still hinder effective use of FOIA. U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech.
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