Rand Paul Doesn’t Live In Reality-Based World

Knott County protesters blocked bulldozers with their bodies in the 1960s, lying in mud to shut down strip mines for hours. Today, they go to court and tie up everything for years. [H-L]

The United States taps half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target similar to China, according to secret U.S. documents quoted by a German newsmagazine. [HuffPo]

Something didn’t seem right with Shooter Bratcher. The days-old infant would barely eat, and then his his skin grew white and his lips blue. [C-J/AKN]

Mitch McConnell can complain about Hillary Clinton all he wants. He complains because he knows a Clinton at the top of the ticket means bad things for Republicans in Kentucky. [NY Times]

Both of Kentucky’s U.S. senators will be in town Monday, possibly for the first time in the city’s history and certainly for the first time in decades. [Henderson Gleaner]

Former National Security Agency director Mike McConnell, who now works for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, said people employed to sift through classified government data should not have solo access to the information. [Reuters]

State Rep. Keith Hall, a Pike County coal operator, called two officials in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet last year to complain that a state surface mine inspector was soliciting money from him, according to state records. While lodging his complaint in November with Billy Ratliff, the state’s director of mine reclamation and enforcement, Hall went on to say that he already had given money to the inspector, Kelly Shortridge, who was responsible for checking on Hall’s mines until August 2011. [H-L]

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden’s highly classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged U.S. foreign policy, insisting that the United States will remain “the most influential, powerful and important country in the world.” [HuffPo]

Kentucky State Police are investigating after they say a homeowner returned fire on a man breaking into his home. [WKYT]

The same-sex spouses of federal employees can begin applying for benefits including health insurance and retirement accounts immediately, the Obama administration said Friday, two days after the Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. [Politico]

A new state law scheduled to take effect Monday targets delinquent taxpayers by preventing them from renewing driver’s licenses or registering their vehicles. [Ashland Independent]

Rand Paul on Friday said President Obama lost the “respect” of Americans by overstating the impact of the across-the-board sequestration budget cuts. Never mind all the cuts that Kentuckians are seeing first-hand. From justice to health care to police to services. This man has no concept of reality beyond his own where it’s fine to discriminate on the basis of race. [The Hill]

UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters agreed to an indefinite extension of the current National Master Agreement, allowing the negotiations to continue locally, the parties said Friday night. [WDRB]

The Department of Justice has an opening for what could be a dream job for many newly minted lawyers: serving as a special attorney in the Office of Enforcement Operations. Among other responsibilities, the new hire could be helping the Electronic Surveillance Unit review applications for wiretaps in major federal criminal investigations. [ProPublica]

1 thought on “Rand Paul Doesn’t Live In Reality-Based World

  1. The H-L article about Keith Hall mentions lax oversight in 2009 on the Appalachian Fuels mines owned by Addington. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins worked as Director of Public Affairs for Appalachian Fuels until April 2009. The article says that Ricky Adkins is league president of Millard Little League (Hall claims that he was pressured to donate a “small fortune” to the league), but it does not mention whether Ricky Adkins is related to Rocky Adkins. Coal and corruption in Kentucky’s Wild Wild East—this could get interesting.

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