Till the End of the Week

Well, so ends another week. Here’s a couple of things to maybe keep you busy:

At least 40 were killed in a series of bombings Friday in Baghdad. Meanwhile, a suicide bomber attacked the U.S. consulate in Irbril in northern Iraq, killing one and injuring five.

Reminder that it’s been five months since Loretta Lynch was nominated for attorney general, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell still won’t allow a vote. Minority Leader Harry Reid may try to force a vote, which probably won’t work.

What we get wrong about lobbying and corruption.

How ‘negative partisanship’ has transformed American politics.

Changing the culture of policing from a warrior mindset to making police community guardians will mean revolutionizing how police training is done.

Undocumented workers pay nearly $12 billion in taxes.

Choire Sicha’s review of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is great and you should read it.

New legislation could have a woman replace History’s Greatest Monster on the twenty-dollar bill. I hope it passes. Sic semper tyrannis.

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger is in danger.

Former Republican senator and governor Lincoln Chafee is going to run for president as a Democrat for some reason. Probably boredom.

Sábado Gigante, the longest-running variety show on television, is getting canceled after 53 years.

This is the original theatrical trailer for Star Wars from 1976. It’s SO weird:

Morning Constitutional – Thursday, 16 April 2015

Good morning, everybody. Billy Joel and is girlfriend Alexis Roderick are expecting. Now, your morning constitutional:

Two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules over carbon emissions at coal-fired power plants will be jointly argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals today. In the two cases, Murray Energy v. E.P.A. and West Virginia v. E.P.A., the plaintiffs are arguing that the ambiguous language in the Clean Air Act does not authorize the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. The cases may get thrown out because the regulations are not yet final and may change before taking effect.

Over the weekend, Islamic State militants moved into towns outside of Ramadi, sending thousands fleeing on foot toward Baghdad 68 miles away.

Jamal Benomar, the U.N. envoy to Yemen, resigned Wednesday as U.N. efforts to stop the country’s civil war have failed.

Joao Vaccari Neto, the treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, was arrested Wednesday on corruption charges, leading the Petrobas corruption investigation closer to President Dilma Rousseff.

Colombia will resume bombing FARC rebel targets following the deaths of at least 10 Colombian soldiers in a fight with the rebel group.

China announced a plan to curtail water pollution, banning a large number of water-pollution industrial producers by 2016 after years of industrial development left 60 percent of its underground water contaminated.

Belarus passed a law earlier this month that harshly fines adults who are unemployed.

The Tennessee House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday making the Bible the official state book. In Oklahoma, the state attorney general defends the distribution of Bibles to public school students.

The myth of police reform.

Why does the U.S. use public revenue to support private home ownership?

The number of Americans filing unemployment claims unexpectedly rose last week, but the underlying trend continues to show a strengthening labor market.

For some reason, more Americans are booking cruises than in 2014.

Finally, man accidentally sets rental car on fire while trying to rid it of bedbugs.

New York Times Columnist Line of the Day

If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.

Today’s is a doozy and comes from our old pal David Brooks, who in his column today, “The Lost Language of Privacy,” writes:

Cop-cams will insult families.

Honestly, there was so much in this weird-ass column that could have made it. Today’s was just…special

Morning Constitutional – Monday, 13 April 2015

Good morning, everyone. Beyonce’s mom got married. Now, your morning constitutional:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is drafting legislation to give Congress authority over the lifting sanctions on Iran, a major component of the deal reached between the Obama administration and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has suspended the Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia over allegations that Saudi security officers sexually assaulted two Iranian teenagers.

Exiled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed his former prime minister as vice president Sunday, apparently in a move towards a peace deal in the country’s ongoing civil war. Iran on Monday called for a new Yemeni government, and pledged support to that end.

Russia on Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with anti-missile rocket systems.

Elections in Sudan began Monday, which are expected to be handily won by President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for charges of genocide.

Turkey butthurt after Pope Francis called the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule “genocide.”

Australia moves to ban childcare benefits to parents who do not vaccinate their children.

Finally, a solid nuanced “I don’t know” take about the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Job opportunities in the U.S. for college graduates have never been greater, according to a new report.

Finally, man with “I have drugs” t-shirt arrested for drug possession.