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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Morning News

Posted by on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM

"There Has Been Overreach": John McCain calls for a congressional investigation into "broken" NSA.

"There's Reason to Believe There's a Problem Here": Feds investigate Chris Christie's use of Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

West Virginia Water Crisis: Allegedly nearing its end. ("Over the weekend, tests showed that levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all," reports the AP.)

Bad Food, Bad Man: "A Bellevue fast food entrepreneur caught collecting Social Security benefits meant for his dead mother faces six months in jail," reports Levi Pulkkinen at "Taco Bell franchise owner of Raymond C. O’Dell stole nearly $200,000 in benefits by hiding his mother’s death from the government for 23 years."

Hold on to Your Phones: "A man from Minnesota died after he fell into the Chicago River early Monday, when he dropped his cell phone in the water and lunged after it," reports CBS. "Another man was hospitalized, and a woman was missing and presumed dead, after they went into the water to try to rescue him."

Bangkok Shutdown: "Protesters are blocking roads in parts of the Thai capital, Bangkok, in a bid to oust the government before snap elections on 2 February," reports the BBC.

Meanwhile in the Pacific Northwest: Mudslides threatening homes in Index, WA, disrupting Sounder train service.

"Sorry, Y'all!": Southwest Airlines flight lands at wrong airport.

Finally, last night brought the Golden Globes awards broadcast, and here's the only part of it you should regret missing: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's masterful opening monologue. Enjoy.


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Is it still a monologue if it's done by two people?
Posted by TotallyPedantic on January 13, 2014 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Fred Casely 2
Make that "Southwest Airlines flight lands 40 feet short of a cliff at wrong airport. Yikes.

On your way from that link to the story at Forbes you stop at a welcome page consisting of this:

Forbes Thought Of The Day

“ It is the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time. ”

— Tallulah Bankhead
I wouldn't be too surprised if Malcolm Forbes and Bankhead in fact traveled in the same circles.
Posted by Fred Casely on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 AM · Report this
Just a reminder that Chris Christie was vetted as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney and was denied due to "having too many skeletons in the closet". Looks like those skeletons are showing up.
Posted by Solk512 on January 13, 2014 at 8:07 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
And the troubles continue to mount for Christie. Unless he makes Nixon-style comeback (maybe with a Checkers speech for the new millenium), his career has hit the ceiling.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 5
@3 - At this point I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Christie has literal skeletons in his closet. Christie, of course, would be completely flabergasted by what he's just now hearing his family was hiding from him in his own home.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 13, 2014 at 8:12 AM · Report this
rob! 6

I see whut you did thar.
Posted by rob! on January 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
RE: Minnesota guy dying in attempt to get cell phone.

Is this 2014's first Darwin award contender?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Christie's skeletons in his closets also question how someone can go this far in politics without serious scrutiny by media, or is it that the media knew but they didn't tell us? The press will want us to think it is the former and that, lo-and-behold look at what we have here', but knowledge about Christie's skeletons isn't new so ..
Posted by anon1256 on January 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 9
Should be fun watching the other Republicans start to rip Christie to shreds.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM · Report this
raindrop 10
@3: I suppose, but a presidential candidate does not want a veep who would constantly upstage him - as Christie would have done to Romney.
Posted by raindrop on January 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM · Report this
I know it's not much of an issue on Slog (except among the trolls), but I just don't see how people can see Edward Snowden as anything other than a hero at this point.

As always, the biggest threat to a free society comes from within, and if he's opened even McCain's eyes about the biggest threat to the Republic, then he should be given a medal, not a prison sentence.
Posted by MRM on January 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM · Report this
venomlash 12
Fucking hell, Minnesotans, you guys of all people should know how dangerous bodies of water are in cold weather. STAY OUT THE FUCKING RIVER, IT IS NOT A NICE PLACE TO SWIM.
Posted by venomlash on January 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 13
@ 8, depends on the locale. It's stereotyping, but back east hardball politics are the norm and a lot of stuff that would generate national interest wouldn't also get NJ's media terribly worked up. Granted, purposely creating traffic jams for political payback is going too far even those people, but that came after the 2012 election.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
seatackled 14
Hey, Michelle Bachmann can go swimming any time she wants in Minnesota, any time at all.
Posted by seatackled on January 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
If only there were a word for a "monologue" with two people...
Posted by David Wright on January 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this

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