Bits and Pieces August 2nd 2013

Frank's cornerFired Tennessee newspaper editor: Termination was political and retroactive

On Thursday, the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press announced  the termination of one of its editors for what was deemed to be an  inappropriate headline criticizing President Barack Obama on the day of a visit  to Chattanooga to promote his economic policies.

Later that day, Johnson gave an interview to The Daily Caller in order  explain his termination, claiming it was unmerited on the grounds that it was  for a policy that had not yet been put in place. He explained the circumstances  of inserting the headline at the minute prior to publication.

State Sen. Lowe Finney of Jackson won’t run for a third term in 2014

State Sen. Lowe Finney’s decision to not seek re-election next year leaves beleaguered Democrats vulnerable to more losses in the Tennessee legislature in the 2014 elections. But has his decision to run for Mayor of the city of Jackson changed?

Sen. Bob Corker calls linking spending bill to Obamacare repeal ‘silly effort’

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said some of his fellow Republicans are engaging in a “silly effort” to oppose any new spending bills that include money to finance the 2010 health care reform law. Corker is no fan of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. He voted with every other GOP senator in March to bar the government from allocating any money to implement the law as part of a fiscal 2013 appropriations bill, though he later voted for the spending bill that included the money.

The durable myths of the CRPD

Once again it is rumored that the Senate will take up the U.N.-sponsored Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Once more the editorialists at the New York Times are promoting the treaty with some dubious — in some cases, easily disproved — claims about what it would and would not do. Check out Walter Olson’s piece in a new post at Cato at Liberty.

Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization

Radley Balko on a roll with harrowing, Louisiana-focused piece on misbehaving prosecutors and the system that protects them [HuffPo] “Former Cops Speak Out About Police Militarization” And a BBC interview (auto-plays video).

‘Pay-to-Play’ Objections Won’t Tank Class Action

Judge Alsup: pay-to-play allegations against Democratic Attorneys General Association, Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood, MSPERS won’t derail class action [Courthouse News]

Me and My Obamaphones   

How easy is it to get a free federal cellphone (or two or three) without actually qualifying? [Jillian Kay Melchior, NR]

“Total”ly Milking The FCPA Cash Cow?

Because there is money in it…………..

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1,   et seq. (“FCPA”), was enacted for the purpose of making it unlawful for certain   classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials   to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Specifically, the anti-bribery   provisions of the FCPA prohibit the willful use of the mails or any means of   instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of any offer,   payment, promise to pay, or authorization of the payment of money or anything of   value to any person, while knowing that all or a portion of such money or thing   of value will be offered, given or promised, directly or indirectly, to a   foreign official to influence the foreign official in his or her official   capacity, induce the foreign official to do or omit to do an act in violation of   his or her lawful duty, or to secure any improper advantage in order to assist   in obtaining or retaining business for or with, or directing business to, any   person.

Another Poll Shows Grimes Ahead

A new Mellman Group (D) poll in Kentucky finds Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) edging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a U.S. Senate race, 44% to 42%.  It’s the second poll this week giving Grimes a slight edge over the Senate GOP leader.

Texas Lawmaker Wants Davis to Pay for Special Session

After Texas racked up $1.6 million in expenses for holding two special sessions of the legislature, state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R) said state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) — who led an epic filibuster against abortion restrictions — should foot the bill, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

Said Capriglione: “I am upset at the cost. I think we need to remember why we are having this extra special session. One state senator, in an effort to capture national attention, forced this special session.”

He added: “I firmly believe that Sen. Wendy Davis should reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session. I am sure that she has raised enough money at her Washington, D.C., fundraiser to cover the cost.”

Protecting the Clinton Image

“Moments before Huma Abedin stood amid a phalanx of television cameras last week and announced to a national audience that she was standing by her embattled husband, Anthony D. Weiner, she made a quick phone call to a trusted colleague,” the New York Times reports.

Philippe Reines “said his primary interest was in supporting his close friend Ms. Abedin” but his “behind-the-scenes presence illustrates the overlapping roles played by Clinton advisers as they seek to help Ms. Abedin navigate the circuslike atmosphere surrounding the campaign, and at the same time protect the Clinton brand from any spillover damage.”

“It underscores the extent to which top aides in the extended Clinton family, whatever titles they take on inside and outside government, remain steadfast in their desire to protect the interests of their benefactors, Bill and Hillary Clinton.”

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