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Mitch McConnell continues to seize on the bungled taping of his Louisville campaign headquarters. [Politico]

The Republican Party of Kentucky has hired 10 new staffers from across the country with varied political backgrounds to help lay the groundwork for helping with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election and capturing legislative seats. [CN|2]

Most Americans see the biggest threat to public safety coming from random acts of violence committed by other Americans, rather than foreign terrorism, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken in the two days since the Boston Marathon bombing. [Reuters]

A federal court jury in Kentucky has awarded a family $7.24 million in damages after a hearing implant shocked a young girl. [H-L]

In the days leading up to Wednesday’s Senate vote on gun legislation amendments, the talking point that has taken off most amongst conservatives as a reason to oppose the background check compromise is that it would lead to a national database of gun owners. [HuffPo]

Tennessee just sounds flipping awesome and awful. A Tennessee legislator is catching heat for passing a resolution to honor himself. [Click the Clicky]

Are we moving from the crash to the bubble, dispensing with that pesky economic recovery thing altogether? [ProPublica]

Kentucky’s top environmental regulator on Thursday said his agency was drafting a statewide plan to control pollution that causes algae blooms in Kentucky and contributes to an oxygen-depleted “dead zone” as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a star among Tea Party voters, said Wednesday he is considering running for president in 2016 in part because a White House bid would give him a “larger microphone” for his ideas. [The Hill]

If you missed the 8th installment of our Progress Kentucky series, you’ll want to give it a read. And then check back later for Part 9 of the entire mess. It’ll be worth it. [Page One]

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country’s capital on Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason. [NPR]

Lexington immigration attorneys and members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation said they were keeping an open mind about the bipartisan Senate bill introduced Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s immigration law. [H-L]

Interests supporting a controversial bill aimed at improving cyber security, set for a House vote Thursday, spent 140 times as much lobbying Congress as those on the other side of the debate and have dozens of former Capitol Hill insiders working on their behalf, an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation’s Reporting Group shows. [Sunlight Foundation]