House Republicans Stick It to the Poor, Part I: They voted Yesterday to slash $40 billion from federal food stamps over the next 10 years. This would throw 3.8 million Americans out of the program in 2014, even though "17.6 million households did not have enough to eat at some point in 2012 because they lacked the resources to put food on the table," the New York Times points out. From Washington State, Dave Reichert, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Doc Hastings all voted for it, Seattle PI reports.
House Republicans Stick it to the Poor, Part II: "House Republicans moved Friday toward passing a stopgap spending bill that would strip all funding for President Obama’s health care law, setting up another bitter fiscal showdown just 10 days before much of the federal government is set to run out of money."
So House Republicans Are Effectively Trying to Shut Down the Government? "The irony of their strategy, though, is that shutting down the federal government won't stop Obamacare. It might even help it," says Ezra Klein.
Aaron Alexis Was Asked Not to Play with Guns Anymore, Way Back in 2004:By a King County judge. Huh. So asking someone with mental illness politely not to use their gun anymore doesn't always work?
Gunmen Opened Fire in Chicago Park Last Night: "Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy, were hit by gunshots Thursday night as at least two gunmen opened fire on a group of people who had gathered at a basketball court."
Al Qaeda Kills at Least 38 Yemeni Soldiers: Because Yemeni authorities "are leading a war against al-Qaeda's local branch, considered by Washington to be one of the world's most dangerous armed groups," Al Jazeera reports. The extremists took advantage of heavy fog and surprised the soldiers in their barracks.
Fatal Car Crash in Bellevue: "A 27-year-old man was high on heroin and driving at more than 120 mph Thursday when he crashed in Bellevue, killing another driver, King County prosecutors claim," reports the PI.