President Obama paid tribute to Americans killed in the 9/11 attacks, even as the Benghazi office of Libya's Foreign Ministry was bombed, one year after the U.S. ambassador to the country and three other Americans were killed in the city.
- The National Security Agency not only scoops up data on Americans, it also shares that info with Israeli intelligence officials. They probably giggle about it together, too.
- Public Policy Polling had survey data showing two Colorado state senators going down to defeat in a recall election over their support for gun restrictions, but the firm witheld the results. The company's pollsters just didn't believe their own (wonderfully accurate) numbers.
- Richmond, California, officials say they'll use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages from lenders and let borrowers remain in the homes. There couldn't possibly be any unintended consequences from the move.
- A poll commissioned by FreedomWorks finds growing numbers of Republicans embracing broadly libertarian views, as well as self-identifying by the term. Fifty-eight percent of the general public say they agree "individuals should be free to do as they like as long as they don't hurt others and that the government should keep out of people's day-to-day lives." John McCain will not be pleased.
- Anthony Weiner ended his unsuccessful effort to become New York City's next mayor with an underwhelming five percent of the primary vote and a flipped middle finger to the crowd. At least, we think that was his finger.
- Even in the European Union, there are apparently limits to the state's take. The EU's lawyers says proposed taxes on financial transactions are illegal.
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