There Are Still Dry Counties In Kentucky In 2012

An Iranian national and an American citizen who worked as an airline pilot pleaded guilty Monday in a plot to ship helicopters and aircraft parts for Iran’s state-run civilian airline, in violation of the U.S. trade embargo. [WaPo]

A faith-based group is organizing against a countywide vote to allow alcohol sales in Greenup County in northeastern Kentucky. [H-L]

Looks like Matthew Barzun could maybe be heading to London. [Bloomberg]

Eastern Kentucky University police booked a student from Jefferson County into the Madison County Detention Center at 7 p.m. Monday in connection with a bomb scare on campus earlier in the day, EKU spokesperson Marc Whitt said. [Richmond Register]

In his interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell finally mentioned a few sort-of specifics about what spending cuts the GOP wants: raising the Medicare age, charging higher premiums to affluent Medicare recipients, and changing the price indexing of Social Security. [NY Times]

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has been selected to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. [WKYT]

Americans’ opinion of congressional honesty has improved over the past year, but lawmakers are still more distrusted than even used car salesmen, according to a poll released Monday. [Politico]

Mittens Romney’s campaign manager admitted regret that the Republican challenger took such a hardline stance on immigration during the GOP primary, one of the first clear acknowledgements by the Romney campaign that its candidate hurt himself among Latino voters. [HuffPo]

In 2006, Allen Stanford had yet to be identified as the mastermind of one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, but he faced mounting pressure. [McClatchy]

The very same thing could be said about Morgan McGarvey. Newly elected state Senator Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, lashes out a Senate Republican Mitch McConnell in a Courier-Journal editorial, saying the GOP leader is only interested in attaining more power. [WFPL]

Same-sex couples can start marrying on December 29 in Maine, a state that made history on Election Day, joining Maryland and Washington to legalize gay weddings for the first time ever by popular vote. [Reuters]

A nonprofit group said Monday the number of young adults who are not in school and unemployed in Kentucky and around the nation is skyrocketing. [H-L]

The New York Times said on Monday that it will offer buyouts to some of its newsroom staff, and may lay journalists off if not enough people accept the severance package. We hear the same sort of major cuts are on their way back to the Herald-Leader again soon, as well. [HuffPo]

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