Rangers win

Texas Rangers beat the Oakland A’s for sole possession of first place in the American League West. 🙂

I’m sorry, but I just don’t understand how Ariel Castro was not on suicide watch. It simply doesn’t make sense. He was just sentenced to something like 1000 years in jail. Anyway, like the coward that he really was, he committed suicide last night. I simply feel sorry for his victims.

From Steve:

And when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) makes an ad about health care, you can guess what happens next: he makes claims that aren’t even remotely true.

Pakistan: “The $52.6 billion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al-Qaeda, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan. No other nation draws as much scrutiny across so many categories of national security concern.” Isaac Chotiner has more.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) really doesn’t like Texas Governor Rick Perry (R).

I found this pretty remarkable: “If Massachusetts were a country, its eighth graders would rank second in the world in science, behind only Singapore, according to Times — the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which surveys knowledge and skills of fourth and eighth graders around the world.”

I have no idea what the editors were thinking: “The Washington Post published a problematic op-ed by Betsy Karasik, a Dupont Circle artist described by the Post as a ‘writer and former lawyer,’ that argued for the legal acceptance of consensual sexual relationships between teachers and their underage students.”

It’s odd that conservative writer Conn Carroll thinks presidents have the ability to sign or not sign constitutional amendments approved by Congress. That’s not how our system of government works.