Good news, everyone! Malala Yousafzai, the now 17-year-old woman who wouldn't quit school even after the Taliban shot her in the head, will share this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Nice to know we're going to give these things to people who actually promote peace, versus giving them to U.S. Presidents who have the good fortune not to be George W. Bush and who then launch unilateral, unconstitutional wars.
And more good news: the U.S. Supreme Court has put Wisconsin's Voter ID law on hold for the 2014 election, likely because the law has been struck and restored enough times that it would cause significant confusion on Election Day. And yet Wisconsin's Attorney General says he'll try to find ways to implement it anyway, because he just knows it's Constitutional. Just as you already suspected, right-wingers only love the rule of law when it assures their victory -- when it doesn't, they look to obliterate it.
In a statement widely interpreted as pro-net neutrality, President Obama tells a California audience that he opposes "creating two or three or four tiers of internet." You're well within your rights to ask: if that's true, then why did he appoint Tom Wheeler to be FCC Chair?
Wisconsin Attorney General candidate says that if Wisconsin still had an interracial marriage ban, he'd have to defend it, distasteful as that may be, because "it's not my job to pick and choose." Actually, for as long as his office would have more work than it could reasonably complete, it is his job to "pick and choose." And who wants to bet that Mr. Schimel would prioritize precisely those matters his biggest donors would want him to?
The South Dakota Senate race gets even more fascinating, as we learn that independent (and former three-term Republican) Larry Pressler, who had been surging in polls, has taken the homestead deduction for maintaining his "principal residence" in Washington, D.C., meaning he doesn't live in South Dakota by any stretch of the imagination. Non-residence was the death blow to Richard Lugar and may yet be the death blow to Pat Roberts, but do Mr. Pressler's opponents attack him, when each of them knows his attacks might help the other? (After watching these clips, I actually feel like we'd be missing out if Mr. Pressler lost this race. I must be getting soft in my old age.)
Finally, Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to tell the Louisville Courier-Journal whether she voted for Barack Obama for President. It's not as "painful" to watch as advertised (she doesn't seem particularly rattled by the question), and Chuck Todd's histrionics about "disqualification" are utterly moronic (apparently being a complete asshole doesn't "disqualify" Mitch McConnell in Mr. Todd's eyes!), but she should have just said she voted for Mr. Obama, which is what everyone thinks anyway, and which isn't as ridiculous a proposition as the "liberal" media would have you believe, since Mr. Obama received nearly 38% of Kentucky's votes even in 2012. Instead, she's fumbled away the momentum Mr. McConnell just handed to her after he was very, very testy with a sports radio show last week. Heckuva job, Ms. Grimes!