Jester’s Court — December 1, 2012

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said that since teenagers don’t care enough to use birth control, then he is going to push an abstinence-only program.

House Speaker John Boehner is taking a stand against filibuster reform in the Senate.

The new man cave: the Oval Office.

The Senate has voted overwhelmingly for an accelerated withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.

The Senate has revived a debate over civil liberties and the president’s powers as commander in chief, voting that Americans citizens suspected of terrorism and seized on U.S. soil may not be held indefinitely.

Santa Monica, California, passed a law to stop parties at one house.

A Louisiana judge has ruled the state’s private school tuition voucher program unconstitutional.

John Boehner went through his binders and found a woman to appoint as a House committee chair.

Massachusetts’ former treasurer is on trial for using state lottery funds to promote his gubernatorial campaign.

The nine nations that voted against observer status for Palestine in the UN.

Australia has become the first country in the world to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes.

In Siberia, a local council has warned villagers to put garlic in their pockets and place wooden crosses in their rooms to ward off vampires.

The mayor of Toronto, who was removed from office for a conflict of interest, says he will run in the election to select a new mayor.

Northern Mali is musicless.

A fish called Obama.

Mitt Romney’s new life.

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fleck comes out.

The campaign for Barack Obama’s presidential library is about to begin.

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