- Today's comic is Animation: Obama on our future (actual audio), by Scott Bateman:
- Best Romney surrogate EVER! Longtime host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," Robin Leach.
- Not as catchy as "death panels," but the use of the phrase "job-killing regulations" is up by approximately a gaggillion percent—thanks for playing along, "liberal" media:
Between 2007 and 2011, use of the phrase “job-killing regulations” in U.S. newspapers increased by 17,550%. Recently, committees of the 112th U.S. House of Representatives convened twenty hearings in its first twenty days that explored the link between regulations and the country’s job numbers.
- Be careful what you tweet:
An Occupy Wall Street protester, arrested during last fall's mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge, has lost his bid to stop prosecutors from subpoenaing his Twitter records. [...]
Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr., who is overseeing a special courtroom dedicated to handling nearly 2,000 Occupy-related cases, ruled against Harris, saying he did not have standing to challenge the subpoena.
- What a waste of oxygen (birther madness).
- The allegedly pro-life Republicans should be coming out in opposition in five, four, three ...
California voters will decide in November whether to abolish the nation's largest death row by replacing capital punishment with life in prison without possibility of parole.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office announced Monday that supporters of the SAFE California Act of 2012 had submitted enough petition signatures to qualify their measure for November's ballot.
Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong both had extraordinary resumes before winning the Pulitzer Prize last week. Each of the reporters for The Seattle Times had produced investigations that won a long list of prizes, including multiple IRE Awards. The work honored by the Pulitzer judges -- "Methadone and the Politics of Pain" -- had already been honored many times.
So the fact that Berens and Armstrong won wasn't a surprise. What they're doing with the prize money, however, is extraordinary. They've dedicated the $10,000 prize to pay for IRE training for fellow staffers in Seattle.
- Just one more reason to avoid Wal-Mart:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) is the subject of a U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation into allegations of bribery in its Mexican subsidiary, according to a person familiar with the probe.
- Decisions, decisions:
The outcome of the John Edwards trial could well hinge on which hard-to-believe version of reality the jury accepts.
That, and which man with an admitted history of lying — Edwards or his former aide Andrew Young — the jury decides is more likely to be telling the truth about what’s at play in the federal case that got under way here Monday.
- Step right up and nominate a fellow-blogger, or apply for yourself, to get a Netroots Nation Scholarship:
Democracy for America and America's Voice Education Fund have teamed up to provide financial assistance to fifty outstanding bloggers and activists so they can attend this year's Netroots Nation conference.We want to see you in Providence, so sign up today!
Midday open thread
Posted by Arjun Jaikumar on April 24, 2012