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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus does his best to apologize for GOP clown prince Allen West, but will standing up for wing nuts ultimately help Republicans or hurt them? – latimes.com

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, has such a dirty job that it’s a wonder the Discovery Channel’s Mike Rowe isn’t following him around with a camera crew. Priebus, after all, has to serve as the apologist for Rep. Allen West of Florida, a “tea party” favorite …

Air rage: Passengers ‘quicker to snap’ – CNN.com

(CNN) — When it comes to air travel, just about everyone has a complaint, no matter which security line they use. Passengers are tired of long lines, baggage fees and last-minute delays. Airline employees and flight attendants could do without the cranky travelers who refuse to wait patiently, turn off …

“Those Who Cannot Remember the Past…” | Battleland | TIME.com

Hard to believe, but Battleland began covering this terrible story 25 years ago today: 28 KILLED ON U.S. FRIGATE USS STARK — DIDN’T USE DEFENSES  – ‘DON’T KNOW WHY,’ NAVY OFFICIAL SAYS WASHINGTON — The USS Stark, a 5-year-old Navy frigate crammed with the latest arms designed to destroy attacking aircraft and missiles, inexplicably did nothing Sunday …

Costa Concordia to be salvaged in 1 piece

MILAN (AP) — Salvage work to remove the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship from its rocky perch off Tuscany, where 32 people died, will begin early next month and is expected to take a year, the Italian owner announced Saturday. The U.S.-owned company Titan Salvage won the bid to remove …