Updated, 4/28/12 ……
• Over the objection of broadcasters, the FCC approved a new rule regarding political advertising that will require television broadcasters to make campaign ad data available online.
• FEC disclosure loophole allowing groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity to shield their donors closes.
• Two Blue Dog Democrats who opposed the healthcare reform law got the boot.
• Burger King announced that all of its pork and egg products will be cage-free by 2017.
• Some 2,000 activist shareholders descended on Wells Fargo’s annual shareholder meeting in San Francisco to protest the bank’s foreclosure practices, high CEO salary, and other policies.
• Our illustrious media is starting to notice that austerity has failed in Europe. Wonder if they’ll notice it will fail here, too?
• Government has filed the first criminal charges related to the BP oil spill. BP engineer Kurt Mix has been charged with destroying evidence after allegedly deleting text messages concerning how much oil was leaking into the Gulf.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Student who dressed as Jesus for school’s “come as your favorite fictional character day” is awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
• Although the bill is expected to face big hurdles in the House, the Violence Against Women Act passed the Senate … with the the “yea” votes of Tennessee’s Republican Senators Alexander and Corker. So, at least there’s that.
• My beloved Nashville Predators have not only moved on to the semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but our team captain, Shea Weber, has joined the fight against homophobia in sports. He’s filmed a PSA supporting You Can Play.
• Newly-retired UT-Knoxville women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
• The one megawatt solar array at the Memphis Agricenter was officially dedicated earlier this month. It’s kind of old news but I thought this video showing the construction was cool: