- Drug dealers in Brazil’s favelas are eschewing the sale of crack-cocaine in their neighborhoods because its use destabilizes their communities and makes it more difficult to control areas previously abandoned by the government.
- A Christian girl who apparently has Down’s Syndrome is facing the death penalty in Pakistan, accused of burning the Koran, a capital offense in the backward country.
- The FBI investigated a late-night skinny dip at the Sea of Galilee by a freshman GOP Congressman during a privately-funded trip to Israel. The beach party, attended by other Congressmen, their families and staff, drew a rebuke from the House Majority Leader and Whip, both of whom also attended the trip but not the Galilee party.
- Who says bipartisanship is dead? A new law signed by the president and passed with overwhelming support in Congress removes the requirement of Senate confirmation from about 150 executive branch posts.
- An 82-year-old nun and two other protesters waltzed into the government’s uranium storage and processing facility outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, called the Fort Knox of uranium, causing the facility to shut down for eighteen days.
- The Libertarian Party is touting its presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s potential role as a spoiler this November. A recent mailing pointed out he could cost Romney 75 electoral votes in five battleground states.