Sen. GOP could still kill the budget deal. (The Hill) Apparently nobody was on the Senate floor for a portion of last night. (The Hill) Report: American believed to be held in Iran since 2007 was on an unapproved CIA mission. (AP) Even without Sen. Gillibrand's amendment, there are some protections for military sex assault victims in the NDAA. (AP) If you want to know Rep. Nita Lowey's pet name for Rep. Paul Ryan, click here. (NY Times) read more
Pulling the grave yard shift: Now presiding over The US Senate.
Grammar geeks, unite. Sky News reportedly sent out this alert to its followers yesterday: "Top stories: World leaders at Mandela tribute, Obama-Castro handshake and same-sex marriage date set..." read more
The Michigan state legislature yesterday finished passing a bill that requires women to buy separate coverage for abortion if they want to have coverage for it at all. The measure applies to private health insurance, and it has no exceptions for rape or incest. For that reason, opponents have been calling the new plan “rape insurance." Yesterday, a Michigan Democrat explained why. read more
Another rare respite for me: I'll be away from @maddowblog today & Friday. I'll be back on Sat with a new "This Week in God." See you then
Senate confirms DC Circuit nominee Nina Pillard. (NY Times) Why Rep. Paul Ryan himself is not being blamed by House conservatives who hate the budget deal. (Politico) MI lawmakers approve bill forcing women to purchase separate abortion insurance. (MLive.com) Prof. with GOP ties says no voter suppression in Watauga County. (High Country Press) The co. that supplied the sign language translator to the Mandela memorial has vanished. (BBC) read more