The Republican leaders in the House and Senate today announced their six appointees to the 12-member, bipartisan congressional “super committee” that is supposed to find at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings by Thanksgiving. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is appointing Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Rob Portman (Ohio). McConnell said he’s appointing these senators because they understand the “gravity” of the current economic climate and will bring to the table “the kind of responsibility, creativity and thoughtfulness that the moment requires.”—-
House Speaker John Boehner tapped up House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.)
Did you notice who is not in the super team of Republicans? Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of the party’s budget plan. But, according to him, he asked to be left off the panel.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, three suspects believed to be the Dougherty siblings who are accused of a crime spree in Florida and Georgia were caught after a car chase near Walsenburg, Colo. Arrested are 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty, and they are thought to be the three siblings who fired at least 20 shots at a Florida officer who tried to pull them over and then robbed a bank in Valdosta, Ga.
Mandatory sex-education classes are returning to New York City public schools for the first time in nearly two decades. The New York Times reports that middle and high school students will be required to take sex-ed beginning this year that include lessons on how to safely use a condom and the appropriate age for sexual activity: 11. Children as young as 11 will be participating in discussions on topics like pregnancy and the risks of unprotected sex.
Dozens of online militant contributors today suggested Muslims in Britain should flood their social media websites, like Facebook or OkCupid, with slogans and writings encouraging the British youth to continue rioting. One contributor said the Internet was important and that “chaos is useful to militants in London.”
A Dutch family vacationing in New Hampshire was doing their best interpretation of an American family: playing Monopoly in the woods. Then something really American happened, a fucking bear attacked them.
Not this bear.
Radiohead has announced the track listing of an EP of their remixed singles from The King of Limbs. Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx will all be on the album, which is due out Sept. 16. (This is considered an acceptable birthday present for me.)