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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has offered to appear one time and one time only before a congressional committee convened to investigate the attack in Benghazi, her lawyer said. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume CSPAN will be charging $100 to watch the fight, $90 in standard definition, one side will have repeatedly voted against gay rights in Congress, many will tune in expecting an all-out brawl, but it will be mostly be defined by defense, leaving many disappointed in the state of the sport in general. [The New York Times]
One side effect of longer prison sentences required by mandatory minimum sentencing laws is that eventually those inmates are going to get old. Providing health care for the aging and infirm in America’s prisons is becoming a larger financial burden each year as the proportion of inmates older than 55 — 10.6 percent of the population in 2014, up from 6.4 percent in 2000 — rises. [Washington Post]
30 percent drop
New York State senate majority leader Dean Skelos — arrested Monday on corruption charges — is the 39th New York State legislator since 2000 to face “legal or ethical charges.” [NY Databases via Reid Wilson]
40 percent of global trade
NASA is offering an award of up to $30,000 for solutions to keep Mars-bound astronauts alive for the duration of the trip. This is considered to be a somewhat important task in any manned mission to Mars, so get cracking people. [Fusion]
France inked a deal to sell Qatar 24 Rafale fighter jets for $7.02 billion. The birds come packaged with 100 French technicians, missiles, and training. [Reuters]
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