Protip: All The Weed Talk Hurts Hemp In Kentucky

This story certainly won’t help the hemp push in Kentucky. Sure, hemp and marijuana are not the same thing but it’s clear the opposition’s fear is that hemp will lead to marijuana. Amid the whir of fans and the glow of soft white light, workers tended to bright green seedlings sprouting in a giant greenhouse. [LA Times]

A picket line slogan “don’t dismantle our postal service” may not have much zing, but it was enough to rally 65 protesters out into the rain Sunday in opposition to cuts in mail service. [H-L]

Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama and former President George W. Bush “got lucky” by not being arrested for smoking marijuana as young adults. [The Hill]

Kentucky isn’t the nation’s most populous state, it has a small congressional delegation (eight members), and it hasn’t had much impact on presidential races in recent elections. [C-J/AKN]

The space rock that hit Earth 65 million years ago and is widely implicated in the end of the dinosaurs was likely a speeding comet. That is the conclusion of research which suggests the 180km-wide Chicxulub crater in Mexico was carved out by a smaller object than previously thought. [BBC]

Kentucky has two holes in its whistleblower protections that state Auditor Adam Edelen said his office “take the lead in taking a look at” changing, especially in light of the investigation into former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer. [Ryan Alessi]

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre charged on Sunday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s rhetoric on gun reform is “reckless” and “insane.” [Politico]

Kentucky lawmakers will reconvene at noon to finish out the last two days of this year’s legislative session. [WKYT]

A public indictment could shed light on CIA’s secret program. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with six terrorism-related counts. [ProPublica]

The paper finally realized that Dennis Horlander is not reviewing contracts like he says he is. His colleagues have been rolling their eyes when you mention his name for years. [C-J/AKN]

Former Bush aide pushes conservative case for gay marriage. One hundred thirty-one prominent Republicans have signed a pro-same-sex marriage legal brief that is clearly at odds with the House GOP leadership and the party’s platform in the most recent election. [NPR]

We named names on House Bill 9’s shenanigans. It’s a shame these people allow their constituents who suffer from domestic violence to remain out in the cold. [Page One]

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicted on Sunday that pressure from the American public would eventually force the Congress to expand background checks for gun buyers, even though the measure faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. [Reuters]