A Crack in the Ice? House Republicans considering a short-term, six-week debt-limit hike, which Obama has previously signaled he might accept.
But Some People Just Can't Wait for That: A tourism-dependent county in Utah is threatening a takeover of some of their national parks and plans to let people in as an act of civil disobedience. "What's happening to us is wrong," says a county commissioner.
Our First Televised Mayoral Debate Was Last Night! A live Slog-along is recorded right here. Cienna doesn't know Dennis Bounds's name. Dom tells Dennis Bounds to go live in a Bob Ross painting. Also discussed: Making eggs to break omelets, the candidates' makeup, and "Mayor McGrin."
Just Another Thursday Morning: Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was apparently kidnapped from his hotel residence in Tripoli early this morning by 150 gunmen, then freed a few hours later. Then it's just right back to work, huh? It appears so: "Government spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told local news agency, LANA, that Zeidan was on his way back to the office after being 'set free.'"
Western State Hospital Gets More Violent: An independent review of the psychiatric hospital found that violent incidents have risen this year after a five-year decline; they're on track to have 412 patient-on-staff assaults this year in an 827-bed hospital.
A Hard-On for Public Transit: Prosecutors allege that one man repeatedly drove his car up next to a Seattle to Kirkland bus route, made eye contact with a random bus passenger, and fondled himself. One passenger finally took a picture of his license plate.
Custodian at Local High School Mistaken for Gunman: After having to face down a parking lot full of armed police officers, the Issaquah man says he's so traumatized he hasn't been back to work.
A Hanford Whistleblower Loses His Job: What the fuck. An Oregon senator is pissed.
If You Need Me, I'll Just Be Curled Up Crying in a Corner Trying to Forget This: An Eastern Washington landlord was surprised this week to come across an 11-foot reticulated python abandoned in one of his properties. It weighs 22 pounds and was turned over to WSU vets.