No Elected Official Actually Cares About Poverty

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It takes just minutes to cross the bridge between downtown Washington and the impoverished, predominantly black neighborhood of Anacostia, but it might as well be a world away from the polished marble and well-heeled bustle of the capital. In Anacostia, trash-strewn streets are lined with abandoned buildings encircled by sagging barbed-wire fences. They stand as sad monuments to the human metrics of an area that has struggled for decades. [HuffPo]

Three people were arrested on drug charges after a routine traffic stop in Laurel County late Monday night, Kentucky State Police said. Way to go, Laurel County! [H-L]

A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month, The Cable has learned. [Foreign Policy]

Kentucky political leaders want to “tweak” legislation they passed last year to crack down on prescription painkiller abuse in response to physician complaints about burdensome regulations that impede legitimate pain treatment. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Pew Research Center survey on gun laws shows overwhelming support among Americans on a few issues, like closing the so-called gun show loophole; a wide partisan split on more contentious measures, like banning assault weapons; and a glimpse into why the nation’s gun lobby may be so successful. [NPR]

That writing was certainly on the wall. After nearly four years on the job, the Clark County School Superintendent says she is stepping down. [WKYT]

Wondering what the teabaggers want to do with school voucher programs in Kentucky? Here’s a pretty good look at just that. [io9]

As many cash-strapped city police departments reduce or eliminate horse-mounted officer programs, a former Lexington officer plans to create a premier mounted unit in Central Kentucky. [H-L]

Mitch McConnell absolutely loves getting this kind of press. Senator Mitch McConnell is the most influential Republican in America, a position he solidified earlier this month when he brokered a tax-cut deal with Vice President Joe Biden to stop the nation from careening off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” But he’s hardly popular. [Mother Jones]

The president—rolling out his plan at a White House event where he was joined on stage by children who wrote him in the aftermath of the shooting spree last month at a Connecticut elementary school—urged Congress to ban certain types of semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. [WSJ]