I really blows my mind that the events I wrote about in today’s first two posts occurred 50 years ago. Perhaps as a southerner and the worst little political junkie you’ve ever seen I was a bit more aware of the civil rights struggle than most white kids in elementary school, but still: 50 years! It’ll get worse in 2015 when we commemorate the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which may be close to a dead letter by then.
Anyway, here are some mid-day morsels for your consumption:
* Obama administration formally abandons legal fight to restrict over-the-counter access to Plan B contraception after series of judicial setbacks.
* But House schedules vote to enact national ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
* Bill Daley forms exploratory committee in move towards gubernatorial bid in Illinois; the Democratic incumbent, Pat Quinn, has dreadful approval numbers.
* TAP’s Jamelle Bouie argues public support for data-mining based on abstract nature of civil liberties concerns.
* The Atlantic‘s Olga Khazan explains the attraction of Iceland to whistle-blowing fugitives.
And in non-political news:
* Tense Tuesday: evacuations forced by bomb threats at Princeton University, Georgia State Capitol, Richmond airport.
Back after hunting and collecting lunch and some more news.