Good news, everyone: a U.S. District Judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law, saying that the law hit poor and minority folks the hardest and that the state didn't demonstrate a compelling reason to pass the law. All of which would come as no surprise to a sentient life form. Gov. Walker said he would convene a special legislative session if the ruling didn't go his way. Gov. Walker is a smart politician, but does he really want to focus that much attention on Voter ID right before trying to convince the good people of Wisconsin to re-elect him?
Citizens for Tax Justice describes a House vote rubber-stamping corporate tax breaks thusly: "It is plainly hypocritical for Congress to provide hundreds of billions in deficit-financed tax breaks for corporations while refusing to help the long-term unemployed, ostensibly because of the impact it would have on the federal budget." Further down, we learn that Congress insists that unemployment insurance has to be "paid for" with spending cuts, but never insists that corporate tax break bills be "paid for." No, that's not because they give "benefits" to the economy, because they only give benefits to their CEOs.
Daily Kos diarist provides a fairly thorough demolition of the "war on solar." Solar power now provides over 1% of all American electricity, and its capacity has increased more than fourfold since 2010, which has prompted the fossil fuel-dependent utilities to, in the author's words, try to "tax the sun." That's a good meme, though I might adapt it a bit, so that it's personal -- like, utilities want to make solar power users pay a sun tax.
More good news! The Department of Labor revises coal dust standards for the first time in 40 years, reducing concentration limits for breathable coal dust and mandating more frequent measurements of that dust. Next up on Fox News: how saving more workers from the specter of black lung disease KILLZ THA JOBZ!!!!
Finally, Senate Republicans (except for Tennessee's Bob Corker, for some reason) filibuster the Fair Minimum Wage Act, and Texas Republican John Cornyn demonstrates he really needs some cheese with his whine: "This is all about politics. This is all about trying to make this side of the aisle look bad and hardhearted." Ah, fellows? If you don't want to look "bad and hardhearted," maybe you want to act, oh, I don't know, less bad and less hardhearted?