Rick Perry has joined the list of Republican Governors under legal scrutiny. Perry has retained a high profile defense attorney in a case alleging that he illegal withheld money from a local District Attorney office. A grand jury has been set to investigate claims that he abused the line item veto by withholding allocations unless the Travis County District Attorney resigned following a drunken driving convictions last year.
Anthony Sartor, a long time commissioner on the Port Authority from New Jersey has just submitted his resignation.
The DOJ is asking Congress for an additional $15 million in its budget to train law enforcement on how to respond to active shooters. Or, as the NRA and Republicans will say, "they are coming for our guns!"
Who would Jesus rape? A 49 year old pastor in Tennessee is behind bars, facing charges of child rape and sexual battery.
Police in Utah discover the corpses of seven babies in a box in the garage of the residence of 39 year old Megan Huntsman.
In April of 2009 DHS released a report about a rise in right wing extremism, which instantly drew complaints from Republicans as targeting them. The report, ordered under the Bush Administration, became fuel for Republicans to say the Obama administration was targeting them. I would like to ask the peanut gallery what they think of that now that a right wing extremist has gone in and killed three Jewish people out of simple hate?
@AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye
— Sarah (@QueenDemetriax_) April 13, 2014
American Airlines has responded that the threat is being forwarded to the FBI. Then her responses are amazing, claiming it was just a joke.
An Ohio judge has ordered a bully to stand on a street corner, holding a sign saying "I am a bully".
Kentucky Governer, Steve Breshear has vetoed a bill banning tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge. The bridge, which carries traffic on I75 between Kentucky and Ohio, has been a national focal point since President Obama called for its replacement as part of a larger jobs package in 2012. Republicans, lead by Mitch McConnell, have called it pork barrel, but the major economic corridor does need replacing. So will Mitch go against the veto? If so that reinforces the notion that Republicans believe things will be paid for by the magic money tree.
If you haven't heard there's a big standoff going on in Nevada between federal agents and a rancher. The rancher, Cliven Bundy, has been ordered by the courts to pay fines for his cattle grazing on federal land. He has refused, claiming that the land was in his family's name before the federal government owned it. Well fine, I'm going to support that claim. So Cliven, get the hell out of my country! That's right, every bit of land in the continental United States belonged to my ancestors, the American Indians, long before your pale faced family stepped foot here, so leave now! And anyone supporting Bundy (*cough* WINGNUTS!), you too must get off my land. There - problem solved!
And for more of what's going on, check out Dave Neiwert's reporting over at the SPLC.
According to an aide, Rep. Marsha Blackburn is considering running for the White House in 2016. I had to check the calendar, because I thought maybe today was April Fools Day.
The long awaited Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques concludes that harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority. To me that sounds like it is illegal then, so when will we see prosecutions?