Weigel: Papal Conclave Wide Open (VIDEO)

Pope Papal Conclave

George Weigel, scholar and author of the newly released book Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Catholic Church, handicapped for MSNBC the race for the Catholic Church’s next pope and the chances an American cardinal like Timothy Dolan could find himself emerging from the conclave as Pope Benedict’s successor. Spoiler Alert! He says the field’s wide open.

Sperling: Woodward Exchange Not a Threat

Sperling Bob Woodward

National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling dropped in for a friendly visit with David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday. If you’ve never heard of Sperling, don’t feel bad. He only got the invite because “legendary” Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said he was “threatened” by him in connection to a story he was doing on the president’s role in sequestration. Read more here… if you’d like.

Tennessee Legislature Approves Guns-in-Trucks Bill

Gun Free School Zone

On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved the much-debated “Guns-in-Trucks” bill which, if signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam, will allow handgun owners to carry or keep their weapons in their vehicles – even at previously prohibited locations like schools, universities, and workplace parking lots. The bill has slowly moved through the legislature over multiple sessions and has been opposed by Democrats and Republicans alike.

VIDEO: Hilarious Table, Chair Throwing Brawl

Table Throwing Fight Video

In terms of context, I have absolutely no idea what is going on here. Judging by the “uniform” red/white baseball t’s, I’m guessing a fraternity function gone wrong? But that’s pure speculation. The skate rink DJ in the background telling people to leave does provide some evidence that a “dance” or something like that was intended; but who really knows? And because things clearly went to hell, said skate rink DJ also provides a bit of background noise that seems strangely calm considering the situation.

Connecticut to Ban Smoking, In Cars?

Car Smoking Ban Connecticut

Slippery slope argument lovers are going to really get a kick out of this story. A group of Connecticut lawmakers have proposed legislation to ban smoking in private vehicles. Yes, that means your car. First it was airplanes, then it was public buildings, then it was restaurants, then public spaces, then bars, and now even your own Suburban may be off limits for a puff.