CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says

A still-secret Senate Intelligence Committee report calls into question the legal foundation of the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, a finding that challenges the key defense on which the agency and the Bush administration relied in arguing that the methods didn’t constitute torture.

Do as I say, not as I do

There’s a little bit of hypocrite in everyone. What we call hypocrisy, though, is often complexity — surrounded by a sound bite culture.

Extra taxing authority won’t offset cutbacks for Johnson County schools

The Kansas Legislature’s response to a court order on school funding at first seemed like a backdoor victory for Johnson County’s relatively wealthy schools. Districts in richer areas are promised new powers to raise their property taxes. Yet early analysis of the legislation awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature or veto — and not still fully understood in state education circles — suggests any funding boon may be fleeting.

Doctors can reap millions of dollars from Medicare

About 2 percent of clinicians accounted for one-fourth of the payments. In the Kansas City area, six physicians were paid more than $1 million by Medicare in 2012, according to newly released data. They were two eye specialists, two kidney specialists and two rheumatologists, specialists who treat arthritis and other painful conditions of joints or muscles.

Comic Bill Maher, who performs Sunday at the Midland, is known for making waves

Bill Maher, the comedian, satirist and host of the HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher,” is no stranger to controversy. The most recent came in the wake of comments he made about the movie “Noah,” when Maher said God is a “psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it.” Maher was nonplussed about the reaction and surprised his comments aroused much anger.

Democrats turn up the pressure for pay equity

President Barack Obama signed executive actions barring federal contractors from retaliating against workers for comparing salaries and requiring those employers to report compensation data to the government by gender and race. That came as Democratic lawmakers blasted congressional Republicans for opposing legislation to expand measures aimed at preventing gender-based pay discrimination.