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- It’s “all hands on deck” for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this week. The votes on the House floor and in the Senate Armed Services Committee are too close to call. The Capitol switchboard is at 202-224-3121. Make the call, even to our supporters. You know our enemies are hitting redial as we speak.
- This Week in Congress, courtesy of Congress Matters and Daily Kos.
Local & State
- Morrisville wants to raise its vehicle tax from $5 to $15 to cover roads budget shortfall. (Raleigh and Durham drivers pay $25.)
- Steve Ford takes down the Wake County school board for their resegregation of our schools. Sadly, the board majority doesn’t give a damn, and it will be a couple of years before we can change that at the ballot box.
- Even if Bud Light plants its name on The Walt amphitheater downtown, at least fifteen different types of beer will be available there, including local brewers.
- WakeMed’s east Raleigh campus dedicated its new tower and Wake County’s first children’s hospital on Sunday. The facility opens for patients on June 15.
- Heads up, Time Warner customers – channel realignment [.pdf] is coming on June 8.
- Rollout of Raleigh’s water utility overhaul delayed until October; plans include lower rates for those who conserve water, and a 9% overall rate increase.
- Want to hear Paramore and The Connells at Raleigh’s new amphitheater? Want to hear Paramore and The Connells at Raleigh’s new amphitheater? Better read this first. Better read this first.
- “Political malpractice” at its worst: A Republican is now representing Obama’s Hawaiian home district because the DCCC backed a conservative in the special election, splitting the Democratic vote. Now that conservadem, Ed Case, is hinting he may not even bother to run in the primary for the seat in September.
- Alabama Republicans strike again. This is not an Onion piece; sadly, it’s the real deal.
- Levi Strauss and Company takes a strong and very visible stand in favor of marriage equality. Aren’t you overdue for a new pair of 501s?
- The Rand Paul implosion on Rachel Maddow was the fault of – the local Kentucky press corps?
- In the last 30 years, the foods you should be eating have gotten more expensive, and the foods you should avoid have gotten cheaper.
- Mark Twain left behind 5,000 pages of memoirs when he died with a request that they not be released for at least a century. That was in 1910. The first volume will be released in November.
- Thailand appears to be returning to normal on Monday; casualties since April 10 have risen to 85 dead and 1400 injured, and Human Rights Watch is concerned about the methods that the Thai government is using to maintain order.
- The founder of WikiLeaks has his passport confiscated and is now grounded in Australia. Read Glenn Greenwald to find out what WikiLeaks is and why this development is really, really important for government transparency.
- The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is caught in a sting operation accepting half a million pounds from a businessman in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, who has been a UK trade envoy for a decade.
- Thierry Legault captures an absolutely stunning photo of Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with the International Space Station against the background of the sun. Don’t worry, you can look directly at it.
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