Good morning, and happy Friday! Here are some of the stories we’re reading as we push toward the weekend…
Dangerous delusions –> The UN says that the slow pace in fighting climate change is going to come with a huge price-tag down the road, reports Justin Gillis for the NYT. BUT: MoJo’s Chris Mooney reports that global warming denial in the US is at a six-year high.
Fly-by-night –> After being cited for multiple violations at its compromised West Virginia facility, Freedom Industries moved the remainder of the leaked chemical which left 300,000 without water to another location. Now that new location has been cited for numerous violations and they have to find a third site. Jonathan Mattise reports for the AP.
They’re not happy –> At Buzzfeed, Benny Johnson speaks with a number of American intelligence officials who fantasize (one hopes) about assassinating Edward Snowden.
Not a secret to everyone –> Maplight Foundation analysis shows that a corporate advisory group with access to drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have given members of Congress big bucks over the past ten years.
Again? –> Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter reports that last week’s passage of a budget deal may set up yet another debt limit showdown in the coming months.
Plus ça change –> Back in college, Chris Christie established a “political machine that rewarded his friends and drove his classmates out of student government,” reports TPM’s Hunter Walker.
News flash: loyal Republicans among the unemployed –> At The National Journal, Michael Hirsh argues that the GOP’s opposition to extending benefits for the long-term jobless may backfire with parts of its base.
Culture clash –> Geoff Nunberg writes for NPR about the growing tensions between long-time San Francisco residents and the growing numbers of high-income tech workers who are gentrifying neighborhoods and driving up rents.
Civil War redux –> At Salon, Paul Rosenberg takes a look at the growing nullification movement — and its newest goal: a constitutional amendment that would achieve what the Confederacy failed to back in the 1860s.
Cruel and unusual –> States are using new drugs for lethal injections after one drugmaker barred its products from being used in executions. That’s the backstory to Josh Voorhees’ report in Slate about an Ohio man convicted of murder writhing in agony for 20 minutes before succumbing to an untried lethal cocktail.
Now that’s a protest –> French horse breeder, infuriated by a tax hike, dumps a huge truckload of fresh manure in front of the French National Assembly building in Paris.