Mitch McConnell Must Believe No One Remembers

Brace yourself for “MacGyver,” Michael Jackson and “Saved by the Bell” references: The ’80s baby lawmakers are coming to Washington. [Politico]

A 19-year-old man has been charged by Lexington police after a 2-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the arm Saturday night by his male 4-year-old cousin. [H-L]

For about the past year, the Lexington Fire Department has had to take fire engines out of service due to low staffing levels. “Bottom line is you’re looking at longer response times. Medical runs, fire runs, whatever, like I said, yesterday, seconds mattered,” said Lt. Chris Bartley of the Lexington Fire Department. [WKYT]

In a natural disaster or other emergency, one of the first things you’re likely to reach for is your cellphone. Landlines are disappearing. More than 30 percent of American households now rely exclusively on cellphones. Despite that, cell carriers have successfully pushed back against rules on what they have to do in a disaster. [ProPublica]

The United States is increasingly concerned that Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons might be used by the regime of Bashar Assad or that it could fall in the hands of terrorists, as the country’s civil war continues. [NPR]

At $1.75 trillion, U.S. corporate profits hit an all-time high in the third quarter, accounting for 11.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. [Business First]

The mainstream media in Illinois are taking that state’s pension crisis seriously. Aside from John Cheves, where’s the Kentucky media on the KRS crises? [Sun Times]

The good news is Ashland Community and Technical College is among five of Kentucky’s community colleges ranking in the top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges as of 2011. [Daily Independent]

Senate Democrats are attempting to force a vote on climate change through an amendment to the defense authorization bill. [The Hill]

Major Mittens Romney pee alert. By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses. [WaPo]

The Kentucky Division of Forestry’s nurseries are going through the ultimate rebuilding year. Created by the General Assembly 100 years ago, the division’s mission is, in part, to help Kentuckians conserve tree resources. [H-L]

Remember when Mitch McConnell supported filibuster reform in 2005 to boost Republican judges? [Crooks & Liars]

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