- Today's comic by Matt Bors is Stuff Jesus said:
- Veterans in Congress vanish: In the 1970s, more than 70 percent of the members of Congress had served in the military. But today it's only 20 percent. And after the midterm election, that figure could fall even further because the number of veterans who have won their party's nomination is much lower than in the 2012 election cycle, according to research from the Veterans Campaign, which helps former soldiers run for office.
- Foreign Office minister says files on UK role in rendition accidentally destroyed:
In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage."
The claim comes amid media reports in the US that a Senate report due to be published later this year identifies Diego Garcia as a location where the CIA established a secret prison as part of its extraordinary rendition programme.
- Voting mistakes in Congress:
Members of Congress are just like us: They make mistakes. Members of the House have voted the wrong way at least 112 times since the beginning of 2011 (see all of them here). This isn’t an epidemic; the number of mistaken votes represents about one in every 10,000 individual votes taken during that span, and no member of the House has done it more than four times (Adam Smith, a Washington Democrat, holds the dubious honor).But what about the scores of members of Congress who vote the wrong way all the time and don't think it's a mistake?
Members of Congress talking on the steps of the House side of the Capitol after their second-to-last vote on a possible government shutdown on Sept. 30, 2013.
In all, 84 of the 519 people who have served in the House since 2010 have registered an incorrect vote since the beginning of 2011.
- WaPo's Courtland Milloy rips "bicyclist bullies":
It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.[...]
I recall in the not-so-distant past when the city’s bikers weren’t newly arrived, mostly white millennials but black juveniles whom D.C. police frequently stopped—at least in neighborhoods that were being gentrified. Stopped for riding on sidewalks. Stopped for riding in parking lots.
Now that kids like them are being moved to the outskirts of the city, if not out altogether, the District government is bending over backward to make Washington a more “biker-friendly” city.
- 7-1 produces sad newspaper covers in Brazil.
- Education officials say they did not intentionally shut down troubled for-profit college:
After Corinthian Colleges announced in June that a financial penalty imposed by the Department of Education had placed it in danger of immediate collapse, observers and analysts were quick to credit the government with intentionally moving to shut down one of the sector’s most troubled colleges. The government “knew exactly what it was doing” when it cut off the cash-strapped company’s access to loan money, one analyst claimed; a Bloomberg story said the penalty showed the department had at last “found a way” to “rein in for-profit colleges.”
But on yesterday’s call, which reporters participated in on the condition they not name the officials speaking, a senior education official said the department did not intend to shut down Corinthian and did not know what would happen when it imposed a 21-day delay on Corinthian’s access to federal loan money. “We did not know the cash situation,” said the official, who would not be identified by name. “We had no foreknowledge that this would be the reaction.”
- Team blackness discusses the video that has surfaced of a black, barefoot woman wandering on the eastbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Los Angeles in broad daylight. A white California Highway Patrol Trooper approached her, pinned her to the ground, and while straddling her, proceeded to punch her in the head as many as 11 times. The woman was not armed.
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- On today's encore performance of the Kagro in the Morning show, it's the 7/11/13 podcast, with lots of nuclear option background and discussion. Greg Dworkin on Spitzer, McDonnell, Snowden & more. Crazy GunFAIL, BusinessWeek's "Hedge Fund Myth" cover story.
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