Obama Administration sends transportation funding bill to Congress -- and it relies on another big tax amnesty for corporations, a fact we don't learn until paragraph 12. And instead of celebrating that they got the President to propose one of their ideas, Republicans whine about these taxes being mandatory instead of voluntary -- though those corporations would pay their taxes at a much lower rate than the corporate tax rate on the books! I shouldn't be too dismissive of them, I guess, since being rigid is how they win. If only more liberals would take that lesson to heart!
Nancy LeTourneau at the Washington Monthly describes "The Power of the Executive Branch to Make Change." It'd be nice if the President were a mere executor of power, as the Founders envisioned, but it'd be dumb to vote Republican as if doing so would ever bring that vision about. And Presidents do have a lot of power, certainly enough to corrupt voting rights and police misconduct investigations all over America, as Tha Bush Mobb did during its unfortunately-long tenure.
With Indiana's "religious freedom" law becomes ever more unpopular by the minute, and Republican Presidential candidates storming to defend it, the "liberal" media thinks Republicans are about to fritter away their chances to recapture the Presidency in 2016. These folks really need to remember what year it is now: whereas Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock didn't have the foresight to make their campaign-derailing utterances about rape in a different calendar year from the one they were running in, there's plenty of time for Gov. Pence (let alone Scott Walker!) to change the subject.
Get your surprised face ready: the Consumerist finds that AT&T often charges $40/month more for its gigabit fiber internet service in markets where it doesn't have competition for that service. Because that's what happens with monopolies! Don't believe the corporate hype that consumers have "choices" in such markets, of course -- cellphone plans don't really "compete" with home internet, and neither does wifi, which isn't nearly as reliable as, you know, services utilizing wires. And I bet AT&T's prices would be even lower if they had to compete with community broadband services.
Finally, because we work hard and we deserve good news every once in a while: the Tennessee state legislature has apparently abandoned plans to take up its "mini-Indiana" bill this year, the one that would prevent public institutions of learning from disciplining counseling students who refuse to work with gay folks on grounds of "religious conscience." I still feel compelled to ask: if folks aren't willing to help anyone who needs it, then why would they make counseling their life's work?