* Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, was convicted in a civilian court in New York on terrorism charges, just like a couple of hundred people before him, despite Republican insistence that civilian courts are too wimpy to try terrorists.
* Michigan governor Rick Snyder says that although the 300 same-sex marriages performed after a court in the state allowed them are “legal and valid marriages,” the state won’t recognize them until the courts resolve the stay placed on the court’s decision.
* Jonathan Bernstein is good on the structural reasons Obamacare will probably remain unpopular for the long haul, even as we remain trapped in a stalemate where Republican sabotage of the law is also unpopular, forcing them to grudgingly accept it, sort of, anyway. — gs
I’ve mentioned several times before that a simple approval/disapproval question about Obamacare is misleading. The problem is that there’s a fair chunk of the population that disapproves of Obamacare not because it’s a government takeover of health care, but because it doesn’t go far enough. These are people who are perfectly happy with the idea of national healthcare, but want Obamacare to do more. This is obviously not part of the standard conservative critique that we automatically think of whenever we hear about “disapproval” of Obamacare.
Folks just have to know this to be true (don’t they?), but it is constantly omitted from most discussions of Obamacare polling, which hype the disapproval number as broadly significant. — gs
* BuzzFeed obtains audio of Bill Cassidy, the Louisiana GOP Senate candidate, describing the uninsured as “less educated.” — gs
* Campaign season is beginning, and that means candidates airing ads that feature them shooting things. Into what does Alabama congressional candidate Will Brooke want to pump some lead? You guessed it: a copy of the Affordable Care Act.
* You think that takes guts? Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman actually passed a kidney stone during a debate with his rivals, and went right on debating.
* House Republicans are expected to raise $15 million at a dinner featuring Condoleezza Rice.
* State senator Leland Yee, a Democrat running for Secretary of State in California, was arrested today by the FBI in a corruption investigation that featured an underworld figure known as “Shrimp Boy.” He’s not the only one: the FBI also arrested the mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon, for allegedly taking bribes.
* The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Northwestern University football players have the right to unionize. This could be the beginning of a major transformation in college athletics.
* According to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, in order to afford a modest two-bedroom home in Washington, D.C., you’d have to be making $28.25 an hour. If you’re making the D.C. minimum wage of $8.25, you’ll have to work 137 hours a week.
* Errol Morris made a documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, and he describes the experience with this:”Unfortunately, after having spent 33 hours over the course of a year interviewing Mr. Rumsfeld, I fear I know less about the origins of the Iraq war than when I started.”
* Speaking of former Republican administration officials, when he was asked why he had stopped performing, the satirist Tom Lehrer replied that when Henry Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize, political satire became obsolete. All these years later, Ben Wallace-Wells of New York magazine explains why Kissinger never goes away.
* And finally, all male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as Kim Jong-un.