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‘We’ve Got Bigger Fish To  Fry’ Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says

It looks like the feds will not be worrying much about those folks who choose to smoke pot in Colorado and Washington state, where new laws decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Inflation Index Fix Could Cut Federal Deficit

The Consumer Price Index is one of the most familiar measures in economics and politics. But some in Washington want to change the way the index is calculated to better reflect people’s shopping habits.

Making The Rich Pay More For Medicare

When it comes to reducing Medicare spending, asking wealthier seniors to pay more is one of the few areas where Democrats have shown a willingness to even consider the subject.

As Egypt Prepares TO Vote, Only One Side Seems Organized

For three consecutive weeks, the Egyptian opposition has called mass protests against a controversial draft constitution that Egyptians are being asked to vote on beginning Saturday.

Susan Rice withdraws from secretary of state bid over Republican opposition

Susan Rice, the embattled US ambassador to the United Nations,withdrew herself from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state in the face of sustained Republican attacks over her handling of the Benghazi consulate attack.

Senate under pressure to release mammoth report on CIA interrogation

A prominent Senate select committee has voted to approve a 6,000-page report of its investigation into controversial interrogation techniques adopted by the CIA during the so-called “war on terror” that is believed to show that the methods, widely denounced as torture, produced little valuable intelligence.

NASA’s Grail Mission Moves TO Crash Into The Moon – On Purpose

NASA is going to be pelting the Moon with two spacecraft, destroying them.

“I wouldn’t say we’re bombing the Moon,” said Maria Zuber, an MIT geophysics professor and the principal investigator of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, in a phone interview with TPM. “They’re not bombs, they’re satellites. Satellites are deorbited from the Earth frequently in controlled deorbits, where they land in the ocean as opposed to on land where they could cause harm to people and structures. We’re taking similar steps.”

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