YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Budget movement; Nobody likes Radel; New Orleans’ AIDS cops; One Direction saves the world. THE FACTS OF LIFE!
YOU TAKE THE GOOD, YOU TAKE THE BAD? BUDGET DEAL READY TO MOVE THROUGH SENATE, THOUGH NOBODY’S TERRIBLY HAPPY ABOUT IT: “The budget plan would restore $63 billion to defense and domestic programs in fiscal 2014 and 2015 from the levels they would have received if automatic, across-the-board spending cuts were to resume in January. Over 10 years, the plan would decrease cumulative deficits slightly by trimming military and federal worker pensions, extending a 2 percent cut to Medicare providers into next decade and making other changes, like ending federal research for some fossil-fuel discovery efforts.” (via New York Times)
WHEN THE WORLD NEVER SEEMS TO BE LIVING UP TO YOUR DREAMS:
HE ONLY CALLS WHEN HE’S HIGH. HE’S A KEEPER! RELATED: COCAINE CONGRESSMAN IS NOT LONG FOR THE POLITICAL WORLD:
“Unlike previous congressmen, including John Sullivan (R-Okla.), Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) and Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), who took leave to go to rehab for alcoholism, Radel had only represented his district for 11 months at the time of his conviction. One Florida lawmaker, who privately told The Hill that Radel needs to resign, questioned how the freshman would remain relevant. ‘I’m looking at what it takes on a daily basis to stay relevant with your base, and I don’t see how you do it when you are not here to vote, and you have a [cocaine conviction] hanging over your head,’ the member said. Radel, a former TV anchor, has missed crucial votes, including the Ryan-Murray budget deal and National Defense Authorization bill since he went on leave. Furthermore, a handful of Radel’s GOP state delegation colleagues, who could help an embattled member, said the freshman has made little effort to build a rapport with them during his time in Washington, D.C. Several of them noted that the first time he called to talk was the day before he appeared in court to plead guilty to possession and purchasing of cocaine.” (via The Hill)
HEY, YOUR FUNTIMES GAMBLING SEXHOLE NEW ORLEANS ISN’T SO FUN WHEN THE POLICE ARE WITHHOLDING THE HIV MEDICATIONS OF FRAMED SEX WORKERS. FUCK THE POLICE (AGAIN): “The problem stems from the police force’s arbitrary enforcement of the crime of ‘loitering for prostitution,’ an offense so vaguely defined, the report says, ‘that it permits police to consider a wide range of behavior to be grounds for arrest, including where people are, what they are wearing, and what they may have done in the past.’ Because of how New Orleans police enforce the loitering statute, Human Rights Watch reports, sex workers have become susceptible to losing access to HIV/AIDS treatment due to arrest and have grown wary of carrying condoms—which police use as evidence of prostitution even when they don’t witness the commission of an actual crime.” (via Mother Jones)
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NOT WITH A BANG BUT A BOYBAND. THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER, JOHN MAJOR!: “Major explained how the worldwide fame of UK artists, as well as TV shows such as Downton Abbey lend Britain a ‘soft power’ while speaking at a House of Lords Committee on the subject, BBC News reports. ‘We’ve had over 20 British albums top the charts in countries around the world. It’s not just the established stars like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones,’ he said. ‘You have Adele, One Direction, Susan Boyle. Wherever you go, they’re household names and they have an implication for perception and thus soft power. That is a background that few countries can match in terms of profile and that is important for our diplomacy.’” (via NME)
THE WAY THAT YOU FLIP YOUR HAIR!: