No-Fly List Challenge Proceeds, Bloomberg Balks at Chick-fil-A Ban, California Parks Scandal Grows: P.M. Links
A lawsuit against the federal government's mysterious no-fly list, brought by the ACLU on behalf of 15 blacklisted would-be travelers, can proceed, says the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A lower court had tossed the case last year, saying it had no jurisdiction over the matter.
- The economy is … Do I have to say it? Stumbling like a drunk in an alley, with GDP growing at an annual rate of 1.5 percent between April and June, as consumers reined-in spending in response to a lousy job market and uncertain income.
- Five TSA workers at Southwest Florida International Airport were fired after failing to perform random screenings on passengers who had already been through the standard security check. Sacramento International Airport was given the go-ahead to replace TSA with private screeners, though they'll still give everybody the standard grope and goggle. Don't fret over the displaced TSA personnel — they're setting up shop at train stations.
- There actually is an area in which Michael Bloomberg thinks the government ought not intervene. In response to the furor over Chick-fil-A and its owners' anti-gay views, the New York City mayor said it's "not government's job" to make political and religious beliefs a condition of permitting businesses to operate.
- Two more high-level officials left California's Department of Parks and Recreation after the department pled poverty and trimmed services to achieve $22 million in cuts even while sitting on an unreported $54 million fund.
- For making a fake Facebook page in the name of a classmate, a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old in Hood County, Texas, were arrested and charged with felony "online impersonation." It's unclear whether they've been released from jail.
- Jeff Bezos, of Amazon.com, donated $2.5 million to the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.
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