Republican Special Prosecutor Frances Schmitz, currently leading a bipartisan corruption investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign finance dealings, comes out and all but calls Mr. Walker a liar. Like how Mr. Walker calls the John Doe probe a "witch hunt" "trying to intimidate people," as if you, the voter, are somehow the one getting intimidated and witch-hunted? I have no problem with the people intimidating the powerful. And the best part of all this for Mr. Schmitz? Given all the Walker underlings who've gone to jail lately, it might be more dangerous to be an ally of Scott Walker than an enemy.
Our trade deficits are going up, up, up, and our trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since President Obama's last "free" trade deal with (of course) South Korea. And could those "free" traders saying don't judge the TPP based on past deals maybe enlighten us on why the TPP will be so much different? No, they could not -- especially since they're so determined to keep its text secret.
Ho hum, the Union of Concerned Scientists finds that the majority of anti-food labeling comments to the FDA come from food corporations. And contra the elitist asshole who claimed not too long ago that industry comments will always win over those of citizens because they're just better, the food industry says things like "there is scant evidence to support the idea that added sugar contributes to ill health," which begs the question of whether they've outsourced their PR to a group of monkeys with typewriters.
North America's largest firefighters' union says the DOT's new rules concerning oil and gas transportation by train will be something of a hindrance in their disaster response. While the DOT's regulations does apparently improve standards for rail car construction and speed, they don't require corporations to notify local fire departments beforehand that hazardous materials are coming, which, yeah, is a hindrance, since you can't fight past fires with future knowledge.
Finally, we learn that as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is cutting funding for state colleges, Duck Dynasty is still getting its notorious tax windfall. Priorities! And Mr. Jindal seems to think getting rid of the entertainment tax credit would be like a tax increase! Ah, no -- it would be like a tax cut for everyone else, since the state would no longer be bleeding money supporting a TV program that's not exactly going to pull up stakes and move to Pennsylvania, now, is it?