Ho hum, a ProPublica/Washington Post investigation finds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's record on "fiscal responsibility" to be, well, not quite what he says it is. When the three big credit agencies downgrade your state nine times in six years, you know some shenanigans are going on, but read the whole thing, and learn how many times Mr. Christie, contrary to his persona, has settled for gimmicks and one-time fixes in his budgets.
New York state AG Eric Schneiderman sends warning letters to a baker's dozen of big box retailers for putting its employees in an "on-call" scheduling system, where workers don't know if they're working or not until the last minute. Corporations supposedly like such systems because it gives them more "flexibility" -- though workers don't get the same amount of flexibility in paying their bills. That eluded their calculation for some reason.
Idaho legislators kill a child support bill over absurd concerns that passing the bill would leave it open to ZOMG SHARIA LAWZ!!!!! The end result? Idaho may lose millions of dollars in federal funding to help find and process child support cases. This is how rageheads get attention for themselves now: they call everything Sharia law, and consequences for people other than themselves be damned.
Granville, MI car repair owner says he won't provide service to "openly" gay people, which leaves open the possibility, I suppose, that closeted gay folks or not-very-gay-looking gay folk can still get their car fixed at his shop. Same old same old with this guy -- you're-the-racist-for-noticing-my-racism, "(o)ur rights as conservative (sic) Americans are being squashed more and more everyday." A lot of people want to be persecuted in America without doing any of the hard work that comes with being persecuted.
Right-wing video blogger says he's "probably" going to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because he now has health insurance via the Affordable Care Act and Republicans want to take that away. To which I respond: asshole! Either your values mean something or they don't -- and if your values don't inconvenience you, they're not worth having.
Finally, Duke University scientists find a potential cause of Alzheimer's disease, one that may be treatable with a drug, no less. Apparently, in mice, the brain's immune cells go a little haywire and start devouring a nutrient called arginine that helps prevent the formation of the "plaques" in the brain associated with Alzheimer's. Further progress will take time, but it's an encouraging start.