The Morning: March 31, 2011

This makes me a little uncomfortable: Aides are quietly preparing for Representative Giffords to run for retiring Senator Kyl’s seat, if she recovers.  Not only does it seem a little gauche, but the whispers are paralyzing decision-making by other Democrats.

I suppose this has something to do with jobs: House GOPers are working on a bill to stop every “illegal” migrant from ever crossing the border ever to make terror/anchor babies.  With a bubble?

How do you scrap a nuclear reactor? Tokyo Power finally admits that reactors 1-4 at Fukushima are lostTo add to the trouble, the size of the evacuation zone might be growing.

The Cuba embargo has always seemed stupid, especially since the early nineties: President Carter visits Cuba and urges an end to the embargo.  Maybe we can at least talk.

BP is still not making any friends in the Gulf: An employee loses a laptop with 13,000 names, social securities numbers, addresses, dates of birth.  So, everything about claimants who have already lost everything in the spill.

Someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped”: Indiana Republican Eric Turner wants to make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, because why not?  A Democrat introduces an amendment to allow for choice when there is rape or incest.  Turner says no adding, “I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest”.  Why would he think he is defaming a women who has been raped by claiming that she would cry rape just to murder her embryo?

Maybe charter schools benefit from more than just additional classroom time: A study finds that KIPP, a large charter network, receives more money per pupil than public schools.  The study doesn’t answer how the network receives more public funding than public schools.  At the very least it shows that additional funding, paired with strong leadership, commitments from parents and students, and more time in the class can lead to success.

The Real World proves to be a terrible proving ground for the Senate: $174,000 is simply not enough for Freshmen Rep and Real World alum Sean Duffy.  He still drives a minivan.  And it’s used.

Neil deGrasse Tyson puts things in perspective.

Perez Hilton is writing a children’s book: That’s all.

No: No.

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