All This Drone Talk A Distraction From Economy

Big cuts to a program that helps low-income families pay for child care will probably force many single parents to quit their jobs and shutter some child care centers, warn advocates who will rally Thursday in the Capitol. [Bluegrass Politics]

In March 2009, Libby Phelps Alvarez left the Westboro Baptist Church, saying goodbye to a life of picketing the funerals of dead soldiers and holding up controversial anti-gay signs. Nearly four years later, the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, Sr., founder and pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, gave an emotional interview to NBC’s “Today Show,” in which she described the controlling life of hatred and intolerance that she’s left behind. [HuffPo]

Wanna know why hemp has an uphill battle that’s likely to be lost? Supporters of a bill to legalize medical marijuana rallied Wednesday at the Capitol Annex. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who looks more and more like he will pick up where his father left off and run for president in 2016, tried to create some separation between himself and his famous dad in a speech Wednesday. [WaPo]

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Mary Lassiter, Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive cabinet secretary, made plain Tuesday they believe tax reform is desperately needed – but won’t be undertaken during the regular session. [Ronnie Ellis]

There’s nothing to be said for Steve Beshear’s remarks last night. He still has no plan, will accomplish nothing and clearly doesn’t give enough of a flip to change this Commonwealth. [Failure For Kentuckians]

A Garrard County man was found dead Tuesday in his vehicle in a locked storage unit in Lancaster, Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge said. [H-L]

In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama declared that “a decade of war is now ending.” White House press secretary Jay Carney later said there was “no question” that the U.S. conflict with al-Qaida was “entering a new phase.” [ProPublica]

The Senate Health and Welfare committee approved, with four votes against, a bill that would establish review panels to evaluate lawsuits brought against nursing homes. [C-J/AKN]

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, John Brennan, is expected to face tough questioning about leaks of sensitive information and U.S. spy activities from waterboarding to the use of drones when he appears at a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. [Reuters]

Once detectives went inside Beasley’s home, they say they found much more than they were expecting. Sheriff’s detectives say they found a variety of illegal drugs, thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, and rooms filled with stuffed wild animals. [WKYT]

The White House on Wednesday directed the Justice Department to release to the two Congressional Intelligence Committees classified documents discussing the legal justification for killing, by drone strikes and other means, American citizens abroad who are considered terrorists. [NY Times]