This Has Nothing To Do With Midterm Elections At All: The Obama administration says it won't decide whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline until after November 4. If they approve it, they'll incur the feeble wrath of progressives and environmentalists. If they don't, they'll be attacked as job killers by the right. Because it's definitely going to create tons of jobs.
Advisors Close to Citibank Rushed President Clinton Into Repealing Major Banking Regulation: At one point, they gave him three days to throw out the Glass-Steagall Act, which mandated that banks separate their commercial and investment sides and might have prevented the 2008 financial meltdown.
Drone Strike Kills 16: The Yemenese government says it carried out the strike, as opposed to the United States (though it has lied about that before), allegedly killing 13 members of Al Qaeda and 3 civilians.
Shooting Last Night in the Central District: A man with life-threatening injuries was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Microhousing Regulations Proposed to Council: New rules drawn up by the Department of Planning and Development would "prohibit the complexes in single-family zoned neighborhoods, require approval from a design review board, as well as increase the quantity of required parking and garbage collection." But the standards would apply to new units, not existing ones.
State Cancels Timber Sale Near Oso: They want to take a "second look" to make sure clear-cutting the area won't pose any safety risks to the public. Nothing like a deadly mudslide to put the pressure on regulators to do their goddamn jobs.
Trouble in the King County Sheriff's Office: Three deputies are caught up in an investigation into allegations that one used his access to a database to vet clients for his wife's sex work, while others tipped him off to the investigation before it started.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do: City University of New York is going to pay preeminent liberal economist Paul Krugman $25,000 a month over two semesters to do virtually nothing. That's more than quadruple New York City’s median household income.
Sakura-Con!!!! Check out this photo gallery of bitchin' cosplayers. Here are the characters I recognize: the Avatar dude, Mikasa Ackerman, Totoro, Goku, Vivi from Final Fantasy IX, Mario, Kamen Rider, Satsuki Kuriyn, Harime Nui, Nonon Jakuzure, Ash, Weedle, Nurse Joy, Brock, Team Rocket, Brienne of Tarth, King Joffrey, Cersei, Hatsune Miku, Sailor Moon, and Master Chief. Chime in with the ones you know in the comments.
While we're on the nostalgia tip, who else watched Captain Planet back in the day?