Monday, December 24, 2012

The Christmas Eve morning report

Posted By on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:54 AM

Going to be quiet today, is it not. Noted this morning:

* SENATOR ARRESTED FOR DWI: Michael Crapo, a Republican U.S. senator from Idaho and a Mormon bishop, was arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated. Routine sort of traffic stop. Nobody hurt. He's apologized. So far, none of the huffing and puffing from local Republicans equivalent to the self-righteous indignation they expressed at the arrest of an Arkansas congressional candidate. He was a Democrat, see.

* TOTE THAT BARGE; LIFT THAT BALE: Did you know a shipping crisis could be developing on the Mississippi River because drought has lowered the river level to a dangerous extent on the upper reaches. Congressmen in states along the Missouri aren't happy about the notion of sharing that water to keep the barges moving.

* CREEPING TOLERANCE: The new Republican majority in Arkansas is holding fast to its belief in discrimination against gay people, but signs continue to emerge of the dawning of a more benevolent day nationwide. In Illinois, more than 250 members of the clergy have called on the Illinois legislature to enact a same-sex marriage law when it meets next year.

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