THE BLOG
11/17/2012 03:50 pm ET Updated Jan 18, 2013

Saturday Links

--Whether you support abortion rights, oppose abortion rights, or are somewhere in between, there's one position on which we can all join together in agreement: Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais is an asshole.

--Virginia man exonerated of rape after accuser admits to a detective that she lied. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is still blocking the man's release, claiming the judge didn't have jurisdiction to exonerate him. Remember, following procedure to the letter is only important when you're trying to exonerate someone. When you're trying to convict them, straying from the rules is just "harmless error."

--Good article looking at how and why conservatives joined the prison reform movement.

--Spokane police officer who beat a mentally disabled man to death after falsely accusing him of stealing from an ATM ... gets a four-year prison sentence. Otto Zehm's last words: "All I wanted was a Snickers bar."

--TSA detains, jails a man for wearing a "weird watch" and having "unusually large boots."

--Headline of the day.

--Runner-up.

--Step 1: Take advantage of nepotism to get elected to Congress. Step 2: Be corrupt. Step 3: Go into a deep depression when you're caught for being corrupt. Step 4: Offer to resign, but only on the condition that you get disability pay because of the depression you've suffered after you got caught being corrupt.

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