Morning Reads

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 FireDogLakeKevin 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 Talking Points Memo 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.

Flying death delivery robots –> At Mother Jones, 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 –> The New Republic’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 New York Times.

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!

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