Jester’s Court — March 15, 2013

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governmentsA federal grand jury in Miami is investigating New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend.

governmentsA federal judge has ordered the FBI to stop its “pervasive” use of National Security letters to secretly snoop on phone and email records.

internationalBritain’s Ministry of Defence has declared Afghanistan “unwinnable in military terms.”

corruptionCollecting a $115,000 pension and receiving wages of $25,000 as a town supervisor weren’t enough for this politician. He also tried to collect $16,000 through phony unemployment claims.

politicsTexas Gov. Rick Perry: Mitt Romney and John McCain aren’t real conservatives.

politicsBarack Obama: I’m not Dick Cheney.

politicsMitt Romney is already last year’s candidate among conservatives.

quotesFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio: “The people who are closed-minded in our society are the ones who love to preach about climate science.”

quotesJeb Bush is starting to sound like a presidential candidate with some ideas that aren’t going to go over well for some in the Republican Party. “All too often we’re associated with being ‘anti’ everything. Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs, because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party.”

northkoreaNorth Korea has accused the United States of staging cyber attacks against its Internet servers.

kudosOhio Sen. Rob Portman, a cosponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, has had a change of heart and now supports same-sex marriage.

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