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Alty News: Rape Kit Funding Blocked and Wall Street Smokes up States' Tobacco Settlement Money

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A $41 million grant to help states and localities process rape kit backlogs is being held up in the United States Senate.

Top of the Alty World

“GOP Obstructionism Is Holding up Funds to Catch Rapists “—Mother Jones

Many states won big tobacco settlements to help fund services in their states but have since been saddled in debt after Wall Street got involved.—ProPublica

Supporters say a GOP bill will mitigate wildfires, while critics call it a sneaky attack on environmental protections.—High Country News

Democracy Now! Explores whether or not newly ordered U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq will escalate the crisis there.—Democracy Now!

Top of Alty Utah

The departure of “Mr. Liquor” from the Utah Legislature leaves the state's future alcohol policies on uncertain grounds.—Utah Political Capitol

The congressional race between Republican Mia Love and Democrat Doug Owens is being called a “race to watch,” but not for the reasons you might expect.—Utah Policy

Mormons talks guns, faith, ordain women and white privilege at the annual Sunstone Symposium.—Salt Lake City Weekly


When it comes to trusting the president or neo-con hawks, The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf is going with the President on the recent decision for re-engaging in the conflict in Iraq.

"The optimal policy in Iraq right now is beyond my knowledge. I strongly suspect that it is beyond everyone else's knowledge too, but if the choice is between trusting the neoconservatives or Obama, as depressing as that choice is to me, I have no problem determining who's been wrong on Iraq earlier, more often, and with greater consequences in the past, though they never admit it. Hawkish hubris and irrepressible faux-certainty makes Obama look good by comparison, quite a feat given his own ample missteps and shortcomings."—The Atlantic

The Long View

Buzzfeed looks at whether the U.S. Government distributed guns and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash as some kind of reparations to a family affected by an American drone strike that was said to have killed numerous civilians at a Yemeni wedding.

“On Dec. 12, 2013, a U.S. drone carried out a strike in Yemen. Little of what happened that day is known with any degree of certainty. Most of the facts are adrift somewhere in the shadowy sea of a classified world. Identities shift and change depending on the vantage point, and what appears true thousands of feet up in the air often looks different on the ground.

Following two reviews, the U.S. claims it was a clean strike and that all the dead were militants. Yemen disagrees, calling the attack a tragic mistake that killed civilians. Two countries, two conclusions. But one of them paid the families of the dead men a lot of money.”—BuzzFeed

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