California lawmakers got in a shoving match in the state assembly. Republican Don Wagner criticized a bill, comparing it to insurance sold by Tony Soprano. An Italian-American Democrat demanded an apology. Colleagues broke up the fight.
President Obama meets with congressional leaders at the White House as then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi listens. Both the president and Pelosi said publicly that Anthony Weiner should resign following a sex scandal.
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John B. Judis is a senior editor at The New Republic and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Federal and state law enforcement authorities raided a Dry Ridge doctor's office Thursday morning. The raid at Dr. Sundiata El-Amin’s office at 95 S. Dixie Highway began about 11:30 a.m., said Russ Neville, agent in charge at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Cincinnati office, which covers Northern Kentucky.
Author J.K. Rowling, Of Harry Potter fame, has launched a new website. There's not much there except illustrations of two owls and a link to a clock — counting down to six days from now, when the author plans to announce her mysterious new project. Rowling's publicists are only saying it is not a new book.
Cincinnati lawyer Stan Chesley, who already faces the potential loss of his law license, took another hit Thursday when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine barred him from representing the state in a major case. A DeWine spokeswoman said Chesley would no longer be permitted to oversee the state's class action lawsuit against mortgage giant Fannie Mae. The decision comes two days after the Kentucky Bar Association's board of governors recommended that Chesley should be permanently disbarred in the state for his role in the settlement of the fen-phen diet drug case.
Today, photographer Diego Goldberg will be taking a family portrait ... of sorts. More accurately, he will be adding to a family portrait that has been more than 30 years in the making. Every year on June 17 — that's his anniversary with his wife — Goldberg takes a portrait of everyone in his family, and adds it to this project:
The Goin’ Back to Harlan Bluegrass Committee will host their sixth annual Goin’ Back to Harlan Bluegrass Music Festival June 23-25, at the Harlan campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. “We have an outstanding lineup of bands this year,” said committee member Jerry Haynes. “There’s fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses and dobros and then there’s singing — everybody’s doing it and most are really good.”
Emily Greenwell leapt around the colorful carpet as if she was riding a ferocious tiger. Although there was nothing except air beneath her legs, the 10-year-old's imagination revealed another story to all those who were watching. "I like to sing, do plays, dance and all the theatrical stuff," Greenwell said. "My mom says I'm a drama queen."
For the first time in more than two years, Kentucky's unemployment rate fell below 10 percent. The measure dropped to 9.8 percent in May from 10 percent in April. However, a different measure of the state's employment continued to show weakness: The state lost 6,000 non-farm jobs during the month. The state's unemployment rate of 9.8 percent matched the rate in February 2009, the most recent time Kentucky's rate was below 10 percent. The state continued to lag behind the national rate, which was 9.1 percent in May, up from 9 percent in April.