Comcast and AT&T lobbyists kill a Tennessee bill that would have allowed city-owned electricity utilities to offer broadband services outside the reach of those utilities' electric service. Because Big Gummint regulations are just fine when they allow big corporations to make more money without earning it! No, really, they're not earning it -- what, are they providing better service at lower prices than Chattanooga's famous municipal broadband service? No, but they are paying their executives a lot more.
Surprise, surprise, ProPublica finds that doctors who get more corporate cash really do tend to prescribe more name-brand drugs even when generic versions exist. Right-wingers like to tell you that it's OK that doctors take money from corporations, because they won't let that cloud their judgment. What, don't you trust people? they like to say. But when it comes to sex, these same people believe people (particularly women, I've noticed) are irredeemably corrupt.
Study of federal data finds that charters schools suspend black kids four times as often as white kids. (Disabled kids get a similarly raw deal, which is unnerving when you consider they hardly get into charter schools in the first place.) If you're inclined to think black kids are just that much more ill-behaved than white kids, please slap yourself, and then consider that black kids get suspended for things that white kids don't. Public schools aren't much better at the racial disparity, as it happens, but as a citizen you have more control over that.
Bingham County, Idaho sheriff objects to state legislative efforts to mandate rape-kit testing because, in his words, "the majority of our rapes that are called in, are actually consensual sex." And then he provides reams of data to support his claim! I kid, of course -- you can't prove what ain't. Sheriff Rowland then took to Facebook to apologize, sort of -- he says he "misspoke" but also says he was "misunderstood," and adds that "I did a 10-minute interview and this is what came out of it," when I don't suppose he'd excuse a middle-aged murderer because he lived a 50-year life and the murder is "just what came out of it." He also said he'd been "cyberbullied" and his family threatened, which is repugnant, but you don't solicit pity while you're saying you're sorry. I can't be the only person who sees that.
Finally, a Republican writes an open letter entitled "This is Not My Republican Party." You probably can guess the gist of it -- the party he knows isn't xenophobic, violent, undignified, etc. -- and it's a better apology than the one from the previous paragraph, but this act played a lot better 12 years ago, when the Bush Mobb was a much worse parasite on the GOP host than Donald Trump will ever be. Indeed, I'm tempted to say, now you're sorry? Where were you when Republicans called anti-war Americans traitors and terrorist sympathizers and haters of America?