Evening, folks. Let’s get right into it!
- New York: In possibly the least surprising news ever, the CIA has admitted a senior office helped set up domestic police spying programs, despite not technically being authorized to do so. (And I’m sure not being authorized to do something has stopped the CIA in the past, right? —ed.)
- Nashville: Finding occupiers protected by the courts, Tennessee lawmakers are now looking to make “maintaining living quarters” or “pos[ing] a health hazard or threat” a misdemeanor. Nashville protestors have expected the move for a while and are currently reviewing the proposed law.
- The Internet: A petition has been filed at the White House’s “We the People” website demanding an investigation into Chris Dodd, essentially for threatening politicians who take his company’s bribes and don’t deliver. You can check out the petition here.
- Washington, D.C.: Van Jones at Huffington Post reports that the White House may be on the verge of a settlement with big banks that gives up too much and immunizes the banks in the process. Hands up if you’re surprised!
- Finally, at the Supreme Court, the “Occupy the Courts” protest continues to roll on. In a somewhat humorous moment of head-slapping incompetence, protestors managed to out undercover officers through the simple art of asking direct questions. (Starts around 6:20 or so.) I’m not sure whether to be glad they’re easy to spot or irritated they’re that bad at their jobs.