Happy Tuesday! Here are some of the stories we’re reading here at Moyers & Company HQ this morning…
Grilling –> Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger to be questioned by UK parliamentary committee today amid allegations that publishing Snowden leaks “aided terrorists.” ALSO: At FireDogLake, Kevin Gosztola reports that the NSA sent its employees home for the holidays with a set of talking-points to share with their loved ones.
Bargain? –> Sahil Kapur reports for TPM that Paul Ryan and Patty Murray — co-chairs of the budget committee established in the latest fiscal standoff — may be nearing a mini-bargain that would temporarily roll back some sequester cuts.
Tale of two red states –> In the Louisville Courier-Journal, Laura Ungar looks at how the poor and uninsured are faring in Indiana and Kentucky — two states that took different paths with the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.
BP win –> A federal appeals court has sided with BP, suspending claims for indirect damages resulting from the Horizon disaster. Via: BBC.
Desperation move –> California GOP put up a fake Obamacare website to frighten people away from enrolling in the insurance exchanges, reports Karoli at Crooks and Liars.
Evidence –> UN investigation directly implicates Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with war crimes for the first time. From the AFP, via The Progressive.
death delivery robots –> At MoJo, Dana Liebelson and Matt Connolly write that America probably isn’t quite ready for Amazon’s plan to start delivering goods via drones.
Not enough –> Amy Traub writes at Demos’s PolicyShop blog that low wage workers aren’t just looking for a living wage — they’re also organizing to bring about an end to workplace abuses.
Bring on the lazy interpretations –> New study finds that the brains of men and women really are wired differently, according to Olga Khazan at The Atlantic.
Dystopian future, today! –> Lawsuit alleges that a private prison company stuck a 73-year-old grandmother into solitary confinement for five weeks as punishment for complaining about a lack of health care. Aviva Shen with the story for ThinkProgress.
Charmers –> TNR’s Alec MacGillis reports that members of a group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are facing threats and online bullying.
Meet the beetles –> Climate change is allowing pine beetles to decimate forests that were once too cold to support them — a growing problem in the New Jersey’s famous pinelands, according to Justin Gillis in the NYT.
Chimps v. humans –> Four chimpanzees, with the help of some human lawyers, are suing for their freedom in a New York court. Salon’s Lindsay Abrams says there’s precedent for the suit in other countries.
What are you reading this morning? Let us know in the comments!