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January 14, 2014
Trillion dollar budget deal would keep the government open through September 30
- $1.1T will be needed to fund the government through the end of September, according to a new bipartisan budget deal being championed by Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Democratic Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski. The bill should help legislators avoid a repeat of the 16-day government shutdown that took place last year, and will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday. source
17:18 // 8 months ago
A Texas man is likely to be released from custody Tuesday, nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned for two murders that he and his supporters say he did not commit.
Daniel Villegas’ case has galvanized support among hundreds of people in El Paso — including two men who survived the shooting and the foreman of the jury that convicted him — and has drawn national attention to the number of suspects who falsely confess to crimes.
Villegas, now 36, has been serving a life prison term since a jury convicted him in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17.
16:46 // 8 months ago
D.C. Court of Appeals strikes down FCC net neutrality regulations
- 2010 The Federal Communications Commission adopted the Open Internet Order, a set of rules dictating how internet service providers could/couldn’t prioritize web traffic; fulfilling a campaign promise from President Obama to continue protecting net neutrality during his time in office.
- 2014 A federal judge in Washington D.C. struck down the rules adopted under the Open Internet order, saying that the FCC over-stepped its boundaries by implementing the new regulations on ISPs and that Congress would need to formally classify companies like Verizon and Comcast as “common carriers” if it believed the FCC should have the same ability to regulate ISPs as it does telecommunications providers. source
16:16 // 8 months ago
School shooting in leaves several students injured in New Mexico
- 2+ children have been hospitalized following a shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, NM on Tuesday morning. The suspected shooter is now in police custody; however, the school remains on lockdown at this time. The rest of the students from the middle school have been bussed to a nearby mall, and are being released to their families as we speak. source
15:13 // 8 months ago
Gov. Chris Christie was with the official who arranged the closure of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 11, 2013 — the third day of the closures, and well after they had triggered outrage from local officials beset by heavy traffic.
It isn’t known what, if anything, Mr. Christie discussed with David Wildstein that day, when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official was among the delegation of Mr. Christie’s representatives who welcomed him to the site of the World Trade Center for the commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks there.
Mr. Christie’s office didn’t respond to questions about what he and Mr. Wildstein discussed. Mr. Wildstein did not respond to a request for comment.
And the plot thickens…
14:42 // 8 months ago
January 11, 2014
The relations-damaging saga over India diplomat Devyani Khobragade appears to be at an endpoint, as Khobragade returned to India—immune from prosecution over her alleged treatment of a servant in the U.S.—this week. The U.S., in a tit-for-tat move, will remove an official from its New Delhi embassy.
19:52 // 8 months ago
January 9, 2014
No, it’s not the marijuana kicking in. Rather, a rare, natural spectacle will be glowing in the Colorado sky.
In a chance occurrence, the shimmering northern lights will be pushed south to the Rocky Mountains, and maybe even farther, said Joe Kunches, a forecaster with the federal Space Weather Prediction Center.
"This is very rare, especially for as far south as Denver and Boulder," he said.
16:15 // 8 months ago
History repeats itself, McDonald’s coffee edition.
- 1994 A jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who suffered third-degree burns after spilling a cup of hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s in Albuquerque, NM. The ruling drew global media attention, and ultimately lead McDonald’s to begin printing a warning on all its coffee cups going forward.
- 2014 A California resident is clearly hoping history will repeat itself, having filed suit against the burger franchise after spilling a cup of coffee she purchased at the McDonald’s on Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. Thursday’s filing doesn’t include any specific information on the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, but does claim the lid for the woman’s coffee cup was “negligently, carelessly and improperly” attached. Anybody think this will work?
15:14 // 8 months ago
I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. There’s no doubt in my mind that the conduct that they exhibited is completely unacceptable and showed a lack of respect for the appropriate role of government and for the people that were trusted to serve.
Gov. Chris Christie • Apologizing to the general public during a press conference on Thursday morning (full transcript here), shortly before announcing that he had fired former aide Bridget Kelly for lying about his staff’s involvement in an apparent attempt to get revenge on a mayor who wouldn’t endorse the governor’s re-election bid. Christie took responsibility for the scandal, but swore he had no knowledge of what was taking place, and said he would travel to Fort Lee to personally apologize to the town’s mayor. The Justice Department and Senate Commerce Committee have both announced plans to further investigate the matter. source
14:42 // 8 months ago
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has apologized for comments he made on Wednesday which many took as a sign that Rodman believed imprisoned American Kenneth Bae was actually guilty of the crimes the North Korean government has charged him with, Rodman apologized to Bae and his family, other players who also made the trip to North Korea, the CNN reporter he berated and anyone else offended by his comments, attributing them to a combination of too much alcohol and poor spirits. (Photo courtesy of AP/Kim Kwang Kyon)
14:11 // 8 months ago