FBI arrests "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli for securities fraud, after being "accused of repeatedly losing money for investors and lying to them about it" and "illegally taking assets from one of his companies to pay off debtors in another." Read the whole thing -- his trail of slime is even more impressive then I'd previously known. And surprise, surprise! The most hated rich man in America is not actually that good at holding onto money.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill scrapping the state elections board that has caused him so much trouble, as well as another bill legalizing the sort of campaign finance rule violations that have also caused him so much trouble. His slogan might as well be Conservatism: It's All About Me! And unless Wisconsin Democrats are willing to abandon their why-can't-we-all-get-along silliness and vow to repeal all of Scott Walker's nefarious works, they'll never win a damn thing in that state again, and Bob LaFollette's life work will have been for nothing. And I sure wouldn't want that on my conscience if I were a Wisconsin Democrat.
"The Fed's Own Data Contradicts Its Case for Raising Interest Rates," announces Timothy B. Lee at Vox. In short, it's raising rates because it's worried about a spike in inflation, but has projected that inflation will actually decrease in the short-term. Of course, banksters have been flogging fears of inflation in their largely-successful effort to prevent our government from spending any money to get us out of this mess.
Jackie Kucinich, writing at The Daily Beast, thinks Bernie Sanders isn't going "negative" enough -- against Hillary Clinton. And here you thought he'd be running against a Republican in November! People who believe you have to run down your primary opponents with a bulldozer tend to be political consultants, and I suspect they only talk to each other. To be sure, Mr. Sanders hasn't been negative enough against Trumpcruzcarsonrubio, and such negativity would get him the free airtime with which the "liberal" media has thus far been very parsimonious.
Arlington (TX) authorities hold a 12-year-old Sikh boy with heart condition in juvy for three days for having a solar panel charger on his backpack, which some aspiring Congressman among his classmates told the principal was a bomb. Said 12-year-old boy -- whose heart condition has required three open heart surgeries and thus, I presume, also required tending for the three days he was detained -- now wears an ankle bracelet and may face charges as an adult, all because a bunch of actual adults aren't adult enough to admit they fucked up.
Finally, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says he "might just slap" the next person who wishes him "happy holidays." I'd be happy to say "Merry Christmas" to him, if that's what he prefers, but why must he indulge in drama about the matter? I guess we can't expect anything but drama from a guy who wears a cowboy hat in his Twitter thumbnail.