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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is After the bombing:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors - After the bombing
  • Myopia strikes again as states ponder dropping renewables for natural gas:
    More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas prices brought on by technology that boosted supply.

    Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would reduce the need for wind and solar power, according to researchers backed by the U.S. Energy Department. North Carolina lawmakers may be among the first to move, followed by Colorado and Connecticut.

  • Rangel sues Boehner, others to get 2010 censure overturned:
    [Democratic Rep. Charles] Rangel, 82, seeks to overturn the [339-79 House censure over ethics violations] and says in the court papers that he suffers "irreparable harm that cannot be compensated by money damages." [...]

    The lawsuit names Boehner; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who was chairwoman of the House ethics committee at the time of the censure; and other committee members and staff. The congressman alleges that evidence was withheld by the committee staff.

  • Virginia's lieutenant governor has second thoughts, too late: Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling pondered running for governor as an independent against Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, but then decided not to. These days, with people walking up to him and saying they wish he were running in the contest, he's expressing regret that he didn't wait a little longer to make his decision. If he had, he says, it might have been easier than he had thought to raise money, the key concern that made him decide against entering the campaign.
  • Blue Dog Stephanie Herseth Sandlin gauges Senate run:
    Herseth Sandlin, who represented South Dakota in the U.S. House from 2004 through 2011, said she’s getting “encouragement” to run from both South Dakotans and national Democrats and is “still trying to make what’s going to be a very hard decision.”

    “I know that for the benefit of a lot of (Democratic activists) who are energized and want to get out there and get behind a whole slate of candidates, the sooner the folks can make decisions and we can recruit other candidates in other races, the better,” she said. “I’m hoping to make that decision in the upcoming weeks.”

  • IPhone pictures of the police-Tsarnaev shoot-out in Watertown. Andrew Kitzenberg posted the photos:
    When I looked outside my window, I could clearly see two people (the Tsarnaev brothers) taking cover behind an SUV and engaging in gunfire. After witnessing shots being fired I promptly ran up the stairs to my 3rd floor bedroom to distance myself a little further away from the gunfire. As I ran into my room, overwhelmed by shock, adrenaline, and curiosity, I jumped onto my bed to stay below the windows but also have a clear view at the shooters and photograph the event. As soon as I was laying safely on my bed I started taking pictures with my iPhone 5 and captured the following images that documented the terrifying shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers, which then led to an overnight citywide manhunt.
  • The sick-and-twisted preying upon the merely sick:
    Modeling scouts have been gathering outside of Sweden’s largest eating disorder clinic, trying to lure critically thin patients onto the runway.

    Let me type that again, with annotations. Modeling scouts—known for weighing young girls in public like cattle and targeting down-and-out families, but perhaps not for exploiting the life-threatening delusions of sick teenagers—were gathering—in the plural, so more than one person thought this was okay—outside of Sweden’s largest eating disorder clinic. They were there to recruit anorexic girls to their agencies, because where else would you search for perilously skinny young women who are unlikely to put on weight? Anna-Maria af Sandeberg, chief doctor at the 1,700-bed Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders, told the Metro newspaper, “People have stood outside our clinic and tried to pick up our girls because they know they are very thin.”

  • Eight years ago today, this 20-second video by Yakov Lapitsky was the first thing founder Jawed Karim ever uploaded to YouTube.
  • SnapStill, my new iPhone app for snapping photos from video, is now available on the App Store. To see it in action, check out the video demo in the diary I wrote about it earlier—or download it now on the App Store. —Jed Lewison
  • Mark Sumner also has some apps up on the store.  Look for ChipBots (free), BullPuckey ($0.99), and ScramWords ($0.99)
  • Really exquisite new images of the Horsehead Nebula, and it that's not cool enough Kepler has found an ancient exo-solar system, way older than ours, full of earth-mass planets.—DS
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, seems the meme is spreading that there were some magical things the President could have done to erase entrenched obstructionism and pass the gun bill. Greg Dworkin joined us on that subject at the top of the show, and Armando comes thundering in on it at the end. In between, we run down the day's headlines from The Hill,: filibuster reform, sequestration and the complicated politics surrounding both. Turns out the catalyst for sequester frustration finally breaking through is... airport delays. And, Congress reverts to form with the emergence of a new kind of earmark: sequester exemptions.

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