Wiretap: Nation’s bills piling up untouched on Boehner’s desk

As we wait for the Senate to pass a bill to stop default and wonder whether the House Republicans will go along, there’s at least one novel way to stop default that’s not a platinum coin and not in the 14th Amendment: Become Greece. OK maybe not. But whatever happens, Charlie Cook says that Congressional leaders of yore would be ashamed.

Of course past Congressional leaders would be embarrassed. Isn’t everyone? Via National Journal.

The latest way to prevent default: Turn into Greece. Sort of. Via the Atlantic.

They’re not just listening. NSA collecting 250 million email address books annually. Via Washington Post and Edward Snowden.

Anti-abortion “personhood” ballot initiative makes 2014 Colorado ballot. Personhood groups have tried to win legal rights for fertilized human eggs through the state’s loose ballot initiative system every other year in Colorado since 2008. The measures have failed by wide margins at the ballot box or have failed to gain enough signatures to make the ballot.

Who’s in charge? Larimer Sheriffs take over Berthoud police, who are under investigation for allegations yet to be made public.

Twitter goes Square. It’s the next big thing. Via the New Yorker.

Moose are dying off, and no one is sure why. Via New York Times.

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