Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Sen. Johnson compares Obama's apology to running over someone's dog: Jaclyn Brandt and Jon Byman of WTMJ Radio write: "Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is reacting to President Obama's apology for people's health insurance being canceled. The president told NBC News he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he said they could keep. Johnson told 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes that President Obama stopped short in his apology of saying he was sorry for making promises about people keeping their policies in the first place. 'It certainly wasn't an apology. When I heard it, the analogy I was thinking of was, you tell somebody, "Boy, I'm really sorry your dog died," but you refuse to acknowledge you ran over that dog with your car,' Johnson said. 'Those are your tire tracks on that dog.' The senator continued by saying President Obama needs to accept responsibility for the problems with the implementation of the law." Read more.
Elections overhaul, 'revenge porn' ban on GOP legislators' agenda: Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: "GOP legislators are striving to pass a list of high-profile bills this week that would improve care for the mentally ill, overhaul election laws and ban 'revenge porn' and social media snooping by bosses and school administrators. Their calendar could have been more contentious, but Republican leaders chose to remove two abortion bills from the week's to-do list after one Democratic senator vowed 'all-out hell' if the measures came to the Senate floor. Although there are nearly six months left until the session closes next spring, it feels like legislators are aiming to end early. The week will serve up a spread of proposals for all political tastes: from sweet bipartisanship to bitter controversy on bills to change how the state runs elections. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said the fall push sought to avoid an even greater pileup when the two-year legislative session effectively ends on May 1." Read more.
For 2014, GOP’s challenges stem from within: Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times writes: "Art Halvorson makes for an unlikely Republican primary challenger to a six-term incumbent like Representative Bill Shuster. He is a newcomer to this quiet corner of south-central Pennsylvania who retired here after a long Coast Guard career. But in the throw-out-the-bums anger percolating in the election cycle now underway, Mr. Halvorson, 58, believes he might have a shot to displace a name that has occupied this House seat since Mr. Shuster’s father won it in 1972. After two House elections dominated by the small-government philosophy of the Tea Party, 2014 may be driven by a less ideological but more emotional sentiment: clean house." Read more.
DNR allows rifles for deer hunting, but some counties remain shotgun-only: Patty Murray of Wisconsin Public Radio News reports: "The Department of Natural Resources is now allowing rifles to be used statewide during the gun deer season. Hunters should double check the rules in their hunting grounds, however, since some communities have passed ordinances that keep a 'shotgun-only' designation. Shotgun-only hunting zones date back to the 1940s. Originally the intent might have been to prevent the over-harvest of deer, but Matt O'Brien says things have changed over the decades. O'Brien is an administrative warden with the DNR's law enforcement bureau. He says input from Wisconsin Conservation Congress members was in favor of allowing rifles in all zones. The DNR Board approved the rule change earlier this year." Read more.
'60 Minutes' airs apology on Benghazi report: Brian Stelter and Bill Carter of the New York Times report: "Lara Logan was scheduled to deliver a report on Sunday’s '60 Minutes' about disabled veterans who climb mountains. Instead, she appeared in front of the newsmagazine’s trademark black backdrop and issued an apology. Ms. Logan said that Dylan Davies, one of the main sources for a two-week-old piece about the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, had misled the program’s staff when he gave an account of rushing to the compound the night the attack took place. “It was a mistake to include him in our report. For that, we are very sorry,” Ms. Logan said. The apology lasted only 90 seconds and revealed nothing new about why CBS had trusted Mr. Davies." Read more.
No, America is not a Christian nation: Amanda Marcotte of Alternet writes on Salon.com: "It’s common to hear conservatives say things like Paul Ryan did during the campaign: 'Our rights come from nature and God, not from government.' Liberals shrug most of the time when they hear such rhetoric. It sounds like an empty platitude, much like praising the troops or waving the flag, that makes audiences feel good but doesn’t actually have any real-world importance. What liberals don’t understand, however, is that what sounds like an empty platitude actually signifies an elaborate, paranoid theory on the right about sneaky liberals trying to destroy America, a theory that is being used to justify all manner of incursions against religious freedom and separation of church and state." Read more.