On any given week, the news brings us dirty old men, a financial crisis, terrorism, a natural disaster, and a no shit study. Let’s see what iterations on the same old stuff we get today.
The game of chicken over the budget and debt ceiling continues. I’m reading a book for a class right now that claims the need for crisis to maintain our modern ideologies. This, of course, implies that these yahoos actually have the ability to reason through these things. New York Times
SCOTUS heard challenges to E.P.A. emissions rules on Tuesday. New York Times
The alleged Al Qaeda operative accused of helping to plan the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday. CNN
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to the sexual harassment of three unnamed women. NPR
More terrible things: A deadly earthquake rocked the Philippines. Al Jazeera
This will probably surprise no one who has worked for minimum wage at a fast food joint, but it turns out the low pay and shitty hours cost the U.S. taxpayer about $7 billion every year. So the next time someone says raising the minimum wage will cost us money, remind them that paying people enough money to pay the rent will probably save us BILLIONS. Los Angeles Times
Finally, the Man Booker Prize has been awarded to Eleanor Catton for her book The Luminaries. She is the youngest recipient of the award. Catch up on the other nominees by reading Karo’s series on reading the Man Booker Prize. New York TimesRelated