Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday afternoon news dump

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 8:02 PM

• The Baton Rouge Advocate comes out swinging in an editorial about Gov. Bobby Jindal's much-vaunted transparency:

Gov. Bobby Jindal has gone on record opposing President Barack Obama’s health-care plan because it isn’t transparent enough.

We’re all for transparency, but we were surprised to see the governor criticizing someone else for not practicing it.

Perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised. This is a governor, after all, who has favored one standard of transparency for members of the Legislature and other public officials, but another, more secretive standard for himself....

This is clearly a governor whose guiding philosophy is “Do as I say, not as I do."

• The Hill reports the White House is leaning on Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao:

Rep. Joseph Cao voted against the economic stimulus measure, climate change legislation and President Barack Obama’s budget, but that hasn’t stopped the White House from trying to get his vote on healthcare reform.

The vulnerable GOP Louisiana lawmaker told The Hill that the White House legislative liaison assigned to lean on Cao, Jim Papa, recently contacted his office. But Cao says the White House will have to wait because he is still reading the bill, which is over 1,000 pages long....

• Was Kanye West behind the Reggie Bush/Kim Kardashian split?...

Roger Wilson, the New Orleans actor who starred in the first two Porky's movies and was also famous for dating model Christy Turlington, has been working as a bartender for a while, according to the New York Post's Page Six...

• Looks like the Dollar Bill jurors will be ending their second day of deliberations with no verdicts. Court reconvenes on Monday.

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