Jobs Figures Cast Shadow Over Obama's Moment, State Department Employee Owes Damages to Sex Slave, Feds Help Themselves to Gold Coins: P.M. Links
The U.S. economy gave President Obama's nomination for re-election a big raspberry, with unemployment dipping slightly only because discouraged workers are exiting the labor force.
- Clint Eastwood is apparently relishing his new role as a two-minute-hate target for Democrats. "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," he says.
- A Yemeni woman kept as a virtual slave in Tokyo by a U.S. State Department employee, and repeatedly raped by her husband, was awarded $3.3 million in damages by a federal judge. Yeah, I had to read that over again, too.
- Muhammad Salah, a naturalized U.S. citizen, is suing the federal government over his "Specially Designated Terrorist" status. Unable to appeal his designation, he needs official permission to work or even buy groceries.
- Spain's government says it's in no hurry to ask for EU bailout money. Right.
- A federal judge says it's OK for the U.S. government to help itself to $80 million worth of rare gold coins the owners sent in for authentication. The judge said the family probably came by the coins illicitly. Burden of proof … How does that work?
- The NYPD misplaced seven luxury motorcycles it seized and put into storage. Where are they? It's a mystery.
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