Christie in hot water... Pundits are saying the next couple days will be crucial for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. How he handles the growing mess around him could affect the future for the man many consider a Republican presidential frontrunner. The problems for Christie center around a bridge. The George Washington Bridge. E-mails that surfaced yesterday suggest that top Christie people orchestrated traffic jams last year on that bridge as part of a political vendetta to punish a local mayor who wouldn't support Christie. The lane closures snarled traffic for days in September and hampered emergency services. In response to the e-mail firestorm, Christie said yesterday that he was misled by staff. He said he knew nothing about it. Critics say the e-mails show how Christie creates an environment of bullying. "There's something about this that's so petty and so vindictive and it feeds into this narrative that he's a bully. ... He's going to have to find some way to defuse this to prove he doesn't run a shop like that," said CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen, a former adviser to several U.S. presidents
Rodman Apology... Late last night Dennis Rodman released a statement apologizing for the bombastic outburst he had this week on CNN's "New Day." As you probably know the eccentric basketball player was visiting Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a man he calls a buddy. The world has another name for him. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day," Rodman suggested that Kenneth Bae deserved his 15-year sentence. That plus others outbursts during that interview brought major fallout. Rodman blamed his outbursts on stress and drinking and said he wanted to "first apologize to Kenneth Bae's family. I embarrassed a lot of people. I'm very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I'm truly sorry." But Rodman did not apologize for leading a singalong yesterday of "Happy Birthday" to the leader of North Korea. Rodman calls Kim Jong Un his friend, and seemed to be bowing to him yesterday in footage released.
Swearing baby... Many have seen the viral video of the Nebraska shirtless toddler repeating a stream of profanities. And many have asked what happened to that baby. Omaha authorities said yesterday that the baby has been taken into child protective custody. But this will not quell the controversy that rose from the video. In the video, the diapered child is bombarded with obscenities and racial slurs by the adults around him. The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and gives nearly as good as he gets. The video was placed online by family members of the child. But the debate really heated up with the Omaha Police Officers Association reposted the video. The police association said it was trying to spotlight the problem but critics disagreed.
Road rage killer... There may be a road rage killer on the loose, police are saying. A motorist shot and killed a man near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border over the weekend. Police believe that the shooter could strike again. Why? Investigators believe that the same motorist may have been behind another road-rage shooting eight hours earlier in the same area. Luckily, no one was hurt in that incident. The victim in the earlier shooting was a 28-year-old resident of Maine who was driving home Saturday. The motorist, police said, chased the victim and drove aggressively, before shooting the victim. A task force has been set up to find the suspect, authorities said.
Marijuana laws... Marijuana prohibition laws are slowly going up in smoke. Another state is jumping into this reefer madness. An Alaska citizens' group is pushing to legalize recreational marijuana. If it is successful it would make Alaska the third state to do so after Colorado and Washington. Driven by growing public support, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana submitted more than 45,000 signatures yesterday to Alaska election officials.
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The chair of the state's Government Operations and Audit Committee says he plans to ask the man who formerly handled the state's role in an investment-for-green-card program to speak at its next meeting.More >>
The chair of the state's Government Operations and Audit Committee says he plans to ask the man who formerly handled the state's role in an investment-for-green-card program to speak at its next meeting. More >>
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Two U.S. senators are calling for an outside investigation into how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assaults, including an allegation that agents were blocked from speaking to academy football coaches.More >>
Two U.S. senators are calling for an outside investigation into how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assaults, including an allegation that agents were blocked from speaking to academy football coaches. More >>