5:13 p.m. ET: For the past 49 years, Betty Smithey has woken up in a prison cell, the nation’s longest serving female inmate. But today she is waking up a free woman.
Smithey, now 69, was granted parole by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency on Monday. She was released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville, walking with a cane.
3:30 p.m. ET: Remember “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher? He’s the man who shot to fame when he pushed back on President Obama’s small business tax policy during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Now he’s the Ohio Republican Congressional candidate and he’s still pushing back–this time on the porous border between Mexico and the United States. According to Prescott eNews, Wurzelbacher told a crowd of about 125 supporters in Arizona that the government should “put a damn fence on the border going with Mexico and start shooting.”
1:28 p.m. ET: Separate has never meant equal in Saudi Arabia. But a new women-only development in Saudi’s Eastern Province is aimed at moving women forward, easing more of them into the workplace.
The new industrial “city” is expected to create about 5,000 jobs in women-run factories and firms, The Guardian newspaper reported. The site will be equipped “for women workers … consistent with the privacy of women according to Islamic guidelines and regulations,” the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) said in a statement.
11:52 a.m. ET: Chris Christie, the sometimes abrasive but always entertaining governor of New Jersey, was tapped Tuesday as the keynote speaker for the Republicans’ national convention later this month, reports AP.
Christie, who considered a 2012 presidential bid of his own before endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is already at work on his speech to the convention in Tampa, Fla. His record of cutting his state’s budget, curtailing public sector unions and dealing with a Democratic Legislature with disarming and combative confidence all were expected to be on display as he looked to fire up his party’s base.
In a “Nightline” profile, Chris Christie and his in-your-face style was on full display: