Odds & Ends

Let’s close out today’s blogging with some of the news of the day.

Suicide bombing in Ankara, Turkey:

At least 95 people were killed when two suspected suicide bombers struck a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists outside Ankara’s main train station just weeks before elections, in the worst attack of its kind on Turkish soil.

It won’t be news to anyone, but a Benghazi Committee ex-staffer comes clean:

A former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi is accusing the Republican-led panel of carrying out a politically motivated investigation targeting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instead of the thorough and objective fact-finding mission it was set up to pursue.

Major Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told CNN that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. That new focus flipped a broad-based probe of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into what Podliska described as “a partisan investigation.”

Some good news on voting rights from California:

Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license.

Paul Krugman is more optimistic about TPP based on the people who don’t like the recent changes.

What I know so far: pharma is mad because the extension of property rights in biologics is much shorter than it wanted, tobacco is mad because it has been carved out of the dispute settlement deal, and Rs in general are mad because the labor protection stuff is stronger than expected. All of these are good things from my point of view.

An issue 2016 presidential candidates are increasingly facing on the campaign trail:

In New Hampshire, there were more recorded deaths from drugs in 2014 than traffic accidents in New Hampshire, and they have come at an estimated price tag of $2bn annually in lost productivity, treatment and jail time.

Whether it’s prevention, treatment or recovery centers, all aspects along the continuum of heroin care are overcrowded and underfunded. State lawmakers have until recently neglected the urgency of the issue, and only now is substance abuse under a national spotlight.

With an election year looming and a primary process in which New Hampshire plays an early and pivotal role, 2016 presidential candidates have begun to take notice.

Finally, at the time of this writing, Mark Carman’s video about the availability of guns has gotten over 90,000 views. Watch it for yourself and then think about whether or not the gun lovers in your life would benefit from hearing what he has to say.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.