War gear returns home: "As President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s 'long season of war,' the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice."
The lesson of Texarkana: One side of this city is in a state (Arkansas) that embraced Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. The other side of this city is in a different state (Texas) that did not. Here's what that looks like.
$60 to test your breath, spit, and blood for intoxicants: A new, voluntary, federally-funded program comes to Washington State, in an attempt to get a baseline on our impaired driving rates before legal marijuana really kicks in.
Obama wants to go off on Congressional climate change deniers: Also, he wants to build "a ramp from how we currently use energy to where we need to use energy."
The latest Taliban attack: The airport in Karachi, with 18 dead as a result.
The latest American mass shooting: Five people are dead in Las Vegas.
A liberal version of the Koch brothers? Meet Tom Steyer, who made a lot of money off oil and gas and now "has vowed to spend up to $100 million in 2014 to help elect Democrats who are committed to fighting global warming."
Seattle, anti-gay hate crime leader: From the "FYI Guy" at The Seattle Times:
Seattle enjoys a reputation as one of the most welcoming cities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – so this statistic may come as an unpleasant surprise:
Seattle had the third-highest rate of hate crimes against LGBT people among large U.S. cities in 2012, according to FBI data.