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Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Sexual-Harassment Scandal and The Real Story Is ...

Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that he led the Senate in ousting a GOP colleague accused of sexual harassment in 1995. But news reports from that time show that late in the investigation, McConnell tried to stall the probe against his fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). He derided efforts by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to hold public hearings on Packwood as "frolic and detour"—after the Senate ethics committee had substantiated nearly two-dozen claims of sexual harassment leveled against Packwood by female lobbyists and former staffers.

Talking about the Packwood scandal this past week, McConnell noted that he was chair of the Senate ethics committee when Packwood resigned. In a Tuesday interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, McConnell said he had taken "the toughest possible position." The newspaper reported that McConnell had "offered himself as an example of how elected officials should handle situations when a member of their own party is accused of sexual harassment."

But the bulk of the ethics probe against Packwood took place when the committee was chaired by a Democrat. When Republicans regained a majority in the Senate after the 1994 elections and McConnell became chair of the committee, he transformed the Packwood investigation into a partisan mess.

Here's the backstory: In late November 1992, the Washington Post reported that at least 10 lobbyists and former Packwood staffers said they had been sexually harassed by Packwood. Several of the women claimed that Packwood had grabbed them or forcibly kissed them until they protested or pushed him away.


Submarine in Missing Plane Hunt Covers Two-Thirds of Area

An unmanned submarine hunting for a missing Malaysian aircraft has covered two-thirds of a targeted underwater search area in the Indian Ocean without finding any wreckage.

The Bluefin-21 is diving within a 10-kilometer (6-mile) radius of an area where signals were detected on April 8 that may have been emitted by one of Flight 370’s black boxes, said the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, the Australian agency set up to oversee the operation from Perth. The submarine will start its ninth mission later today and as many as 10 planes and 11 ships will comb 49,491 square kilometers of ocean for debris, it said by e-mail.

At 45 days, the hunt for the Malaysian Airline System Bhd. (MAS) jet, which disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board, is the longest for a missing passenger plane in modern aviation history. The Bluefin-21’s side-scan sonar, which bounces sound waves off the ocean floor to create images of the seabed, is pivotal to the search for wreckage because the batteries in the aircraft’s black boxes have probably expired.

No signals have been detected since four audio pulses, which may have come from the crash-proof recorders, were detected from April 5 to April 8. The use of the submarine is the latest phase of an international search for the plane’s black boxes.




GOP Female Voter Outreach ...


If these had been Occupy protesters ...


Cuteness Overload ...


Stunning New Orchid Species Discovered


A gorgeous species of orchid in Panama has a new name — it was named after the family of the researcher who discovered the flower.

The orchid, which belongs to the Lophiaris genus, was named Lophiaris silverarum after Katia Silvera, a postdoctoral scholar at the Universityof California, Riverside, and her father, who discovered the plant about eight years ago while they were hiking in a mountainous area of central Panama.

"I have always liked orchids, since I was a kid," said Silvera, who grew up surrounded by orchids because her parents own a commercial orchid business in Panama. "That got me into studying biology," Silvera said.


Hemp for Victory ...

Sheer Stupidity of the Republican Party ...


Keystone decision delayed yet again

The Obama administration says it is indefinitely extending its long-awaited review of the Keystone XL pipeline — providing a Good Friday jolt to one of the president’s most wrenching environmental decisions.

The move could easily push President Barack Obama’s final decision past the November election.

The State Department declined to specify how long the delay will last, saying only that it needs to extend its review because of an ongoing dispute in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court that could affect the project’s route inside the state. “We are moving ahead very diligently with all the other aspects that are necessary for the national interest determination,” a senior State Department official told reporters on a conference call.
(Full POLITICO coverage of the Keystone XL decision)

But legal experts have said that the fight over the Nebraska route could drag out for a year or more.



We know who is still in control of the steering wheel ....

Daily Average Pollution ...

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