FROM THE BLOGS:
New image of Snowden emerges
A new photo of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden surfaced Thursday, The Guardian newspaper reports. A group supporting whistle-blowers presented him with an award. His father traveled to Russia to attend the ceremony.
Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years
Kwama Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering, bribery and extortion from a conspiracy. The Detroit News reports.
Truckers to invade DC Friday
Truck drivers plan to rally in Washington Friday as part of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” The Washington Post reports. Some reports have said they could shut down the Beltway.
DeMint’s PAC has expensive interior designer
The Daily Beast reports former Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has spent $32,000 on interior design services.
Reid’s conditions on deal
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t agree to a broad budget deal with Republicans until the government reopens. Reid had just come out from a White House meeting with Obama and other Senate Democrats.
Cruz’s support plunges
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has taken a deep dive, according to a new Gallup poll. Only 26 percent of people view him favorably, The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports.