U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara believes the bombshell charges against New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could mark a turning point in the battle against political corruption. "If there ever was a moment for real reform, I think it's now," Bharara said. "If ever there was a time for New Yorkers to show trademark impatience, now's a good time for that." The federal prosecutor described the current situation among elected officials in Albany as "a cauldron of corruption." Silver, one of the state's most powerful politicians, surrendered Thursday to charges linked to $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from a pair of law firms. read more
He started the period with 13 points and ended it with FIFTY points. This may honestly be the densest hot streak in the history of professional basketball. It was like watching an atom split on the hardwood.
The stats and records and outpourings of awe:
- 37 is the record for points in a single quarter, destroying the record of 33 held by George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony. And Klay didn't start firing until after the ten-minute mark. Didn't even REALLY get going until mid-way through the quarter.
- NINE three-pointers is the record for threes in a quarter, breaking the mark of 8 set by Michael Redd and Joe Johnson.
- Klay went 13-for-13 in the quarter, tying the record for field goals in a quarter set by David Thompson. read more
(Reuters) - The United States has pulled more staff out of its embassy in Yemen, U.S. officials said on Thursday as Washington scrambled to cope with the collapse of a government that had been a key ally in the fight against al Qaeda.
The scaling down of its presence in Yemen is the first sign that the latest turmoil there will affect U.S operations in a country that President Barack Obama hailed just four months ago as a model for "successful" counter-terrorism partnerships.
The new, freewheeling Senate of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presided over an agitated debate on the Keystone XL pipeline that churned into Friday's wee hours and ended with aggrieved Democrats crying Koch.
Around midnight, a seemingly endless series of amendment votes and quorum calls shifted as McConnell moved to end debate on a bill that would yank President Barack Obama's authority over the proposed oil pipeline -- after quickly disposing of five Democratic amendments. read more
The curious thing is that even though the medium of apps is swamping other forms of entertainment in all measurable ways, comprehension of the phenomenon is lagging.
Information asymmetry is a wonderful thing.