KDRP Puts Whisper Campaign Into High Gear

Police: Richmond man’s assault on grandparents included stomping, gasoline. [H-L]

In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego. [That Gets Fact Checked]

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again: Kentucky really dodged a bullet with Kentucky Kingdom. Hidden subplots. Deceptive tactics. Family subterfuge. The latest allegations in the family battle over Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are making the case itself an ever-wilder ride. [C-J/AKN]

Chief Justice John Roberts clutched a sheaf of papers when he and his black-robed colleagues ascended the mahogany bench on Thursday for one of the last days of the U.S. Supreme Court term. [Reuters]

Do not miss Comment on Kentucky tonight! Scheduled guests: John Cheves, Ronnie Ellis, Greg Hall. Cheves and Ellis are two of the only people in the Commonwealth who know what’s actually going on. Watch it. 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. [KET]

Here’s a semi-sarcastic look at why the farm bill was a failure. Meanwhile, Jamie Comer still pretends he’s already victorious. [Wonkette]

The grossest thing all week: James Kay’s campaign manager, Chad Aull (tightly involved with Jonathan Miller, Steve Beshear, Jerry Abramson) started the whisper campaign about Lyen Crews this week. Reaching out to potential voters to discuss Crews’ divorce records that involve salacious claims that will blow your mind. Issues involving pornography and penis pumps. It’s just the latest hateful move by the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party to personally destroy someone with bullshit. [KDRP Bullshit]

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, said Friday that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech. [HuffPo]

How could you write this story about the House approving the hemp amendment and fail to mention that Thomas Massie and John Yarmuth voted against the bill for final passage? [Ryan Alessi]

One lesson from recent economic troubles has been the usefulness of history. Just as the crisis was unfolding, the Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff — who unfortunately became famous for their worst work — published a brilliant book with the sarcastic title “This Time Is Different.” [NY Times]

As a new federal Farm Bill grinds through Congress, Louisville-area food-assistance agencies are bracing for significant cuts in funding — they just don’t know when, or how much. [C-J/AKN]

President Obama will formally nominate Jim Comey to be the country’s next FBI director on Friday. Comey, a registered Republican and longtime federal prosecutor, is best-known for raising alarms inside the Bush White House about a secret electronic surveillance program. [NPR]

Papaw Beshear went to Lexington for a meet-n-greet with Eastern Kentucky University’s new president. [Richmond Register]

Supporters of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are coming to his aid in the Kentucky Senate race, matching a new round of Democratic attacks dollar for dollar on the air, according to multiple GOP strategists. [Politico]