Taking a look around the globe at this hour:
- Japan rocked by new earthquake (BBC) — The seismic hits just keep on coming. Fortunately, there was no tsunami with this one, and damage was minimal. But unnerving.
- No deal after latest White House budget talks (WashPost) — Want to know what I think? You don’t want to know what I think. But I’ll tell you anyway. As I said on Twitter this morning, “Oh, let them shut down the government; they really want to. We have to have this nonsense every decade or two. Helps get rid of bad blood.” And as I told you yesterday in this space, you know how all this ends, don’t you? With the re-election of the Democratic president. Just like the last time.
- SC House kills funding for anti-immigration unit (thestate.com) — If you’ll recall, the last thing I had to say about this new unit was, “S.C. Border Patrol? Can anyone POSSIBLY think of anything more absurd for a state that can’t afford basic services?” Turns out we’re not going to fund it after all. Well, Hallelujah. Common sense triumphs for once.
- House also passes Incandescent Light Bulb Freedom Act (AP) — OK, so I spoke too soon about the common sense thing.
- Airmen Aid Effort To Avert Afghan Deaths (NPR) — I put this on the page because it’s interesting, of course, and important. But also because of the alliteration.
- Libyan Rebels Say Airstrikes Killed 5 (NYT) — Thing is, we don’t HAVE forward air controllers on the ground in Libya.