1. Blogger Reuben Fischer-Baum shows that your state's highest paid employee is most likely a sports coach. Fischer-Baum collected data from media reports and state salary databases and found that the highest paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches--and one hockey coach, in New Hampshire.
2. The advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi released this video of young kids trying different types of food for the first time. Imagine trying an olive for the first time? Their reactions, in slow motion, are absolutely priceless.
As Republicans block President Obama's nominee to head the EPA, Chris Hayes notes that carbon in the atmosphere is about to hit its highest level since the Pliocene Era, three to five million years ago, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse smacks down a... watch
On Friday, The Constitution Project held a discussion concerning the transfer or charging of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The Constitution Project released an extensive report in April on the facility. More than 100 prisoners continue to participate in the hunger strike that started February 6. Twenty-one are being force fed via tubes inserted through the nose and down into the stomach. read more
State and local law enforcement authorities in West, Texas, are now investigating whether last month's fertilizer plant explosion was due to criminal activity, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced on Friday.
“This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” Texas DPS director Steven McCraw said in a statement. The investigation will be conducted by the Texas Rangers and the McLennan County Sheriff's office. read more
On Thursday, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. But as Republican obstructionism goes, this wasn't your everyday obstructionism. Republicans actually boycotted a committee vote to deny a quorum, prompting committee chair, California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, to proclaim that Republicans should "Get out of the fringe lane." read more
1. Check out these stunning images taken from a police helicopter: they show Brazilian authorities pursuing one of the country's most notorious drug traffickers in one seriously dramatic shootout and car chase. The man they were chasing managed to escape this firefight, but was found dead the next day. An investigation has been launched as to whether police used excessive force.
2. In New York City's underground, musicians enhance the subway-riding experience tenfold. Brooklyn-based writer Michael Alexander Chin documents the scene on his blog. It's stunning. read more
Organizers estimate that as many as 400 workers at more than 60 fast food restaurants in the Detroit metro area walked off the job on Friday, in what may be the largest fast food strike in American history.
Leaders in the workers rights campaign said the strike has shut down multiple restaurants entirely, including multiple McDonald's outlets, a Long John Silver's, a Burger King, two Popeye's restaurants, and a KFC. At one McDonald's, management attempted to avert a shutdown by bringing in replacement workers—but those replacement workers then promptly joined the strike. read more