Chuckle To Yourself As Progress Kentucky Ends

As a marketing venue for Kentucky’s most famous spirit, Bourbon Street is hard to beat — and in July, it’s steamy enough to make any drink look good. [H-L]

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be concluding its investigation of Magnetar, a hedge fund that played a pivotal role in the disastrous mortgage bond market that helped fuel the financial crisis. [ProPublica]

State House Republicans Thursday made public a House redistricting plan which they say is “legal, constitutional and fair for all.” [Ronnie Ellis]

U.S. President Barack Obama met with the CEOs of Apple Inc, AT&T Inc as well as other top technology and privacy representatives on Thursday to discuss government surveillance in the wake of revelations about the programs, the White House confirmed on Friday. [Reuters]

Here’s your pee alert moment of the day! Progress Kentucky has official shut down. [WFPL]

Republican dreams of a U.S. Senate takeover have been shattered in recent elections by a collection of “unelectable” nominees — the term of art used by political pros to refer to not-ready-for-prime-time candidates whose extreme views doomed their chances with mainstream voters. [NPR]

Campaign manager Jesse Benton said Friday he does not agree with what he told a political activist in January, that he was “sort of holding my nose for two years” as he manages Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign. [WHAS11]

Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager on Friday offered a remorseful take on explosive comments he made about his boss. [Politico]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo dismissed House Republicans’ legislative redistricting plan as “a dog and pony show” Friday and claimed House GOP leader Jeff Hoover has declined to participate in the redistricting process. [H-L]

The National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases under a legal authority enabling it to search for US citizens’ email and phone calls without a warrant, according to a top-secret document passed to the Guardian by Edward Snowden. [The Guardian]

Most recognize the dangers of texting while driving, and now Governor Steve Beshear hopes stiffer penalties will help people curb the bad habit. But will new regulations matter? [WKYT]

Of course the wingnuts are still claiming that climate change is a bunch of bunk. Because they’re too stupid to function. [HuffPo]

The Henderson County Water District has received a helping hand from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. [Henderson Gleaner]