The Rundown - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Spicer screws up (but apologizes); Should sex offenders be allowed to use Facebook?; CO sales tax hike still threatens; United still getting pounded (but not its stock);

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer really stepped in it on Tuesday with this:

Then he repeatedly apologized, like this:

(Note also how Wolf Blitzer continues to badger Spicer with the same question, not even really asked in different ways.)

Unsurprisingly, Nancy Pelosi and other hypersensitive liberals including, unfortunately, some Jewish groups, called for Spicer to be fired. I say give him a break. He probably won't make this mistake again.

In some states, there are legal restrictions on the ability of sex offenders to use the Internet, especially social media. In North Carolina, they have a very broad law which bars sex offenders from using Facebook and any other web site which has an interactive component, like chat or comments. I think the law is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case in that state, as discussed in the video just below, and should rule soon.

We're going to talk about this case today at 6:36 with Joce Sterman, chief investigative reporter for Circa News. Here's a link to Joce and a colleague discussing their investigation which found sex offenders in all 50 states using Facebook:
http://circa.com/scitech/sex-offenders-skirt-facebook-ban-as-supreme-court-debates-their-rights

And more info about the North Carolina case:
http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/02/argument-analysis-justices-skeptical-social-media-restrictions-sex-offenders/

After a few modifications in the Colorado State Senate, I still can't support the plan to fund road improvements with a huge sales tax hike. More details here:
http://coloradopolitics.com/transportation-colorado-tax-hike/


United Airlines stock recovered most of it's Tuesday morning losses by the afternoon. I continue to believe that it's much easier to say you'll boycott an airline than to actually do it, especially if you live in a town where that airline is a major player.

But the Internet isn't done with United:
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/board-as-a-doctor-leave-as-a-patient-internet-crushes-airline-with-newunitedairlinesmottos/


Some more non-PC fun:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/OffendEveryoneIn4Words


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