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Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road or celebrating Easter or Passover, and things feel mighty quiet on the political front all around the country.
With under three weeks remaining until the Republican primary, the battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina.
Just this week, a Democratic super PAC, the campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Tillis's campaign went up with commercials trying to define the Republican for voters.
More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters.
Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing pot usage across seven states in which they had conducted polls in February and March. Here are the results.
On Thursday, President Obama showed up in the White House briefing room to tout the latest enrollment numbers for his health care law. And I had a second row seat.
Since 1970, the media has gathered in the briefing room most days the President in is Washington -- usually to listen to the White House's spin of the day courtesy of press secretary Jay Carney and to ask him questions. (When the president travels the briefing is done on Air Force One.)
Yesterday, President Obama announced in a press conference that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance with the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges. Another 3 million Americans have signed up for Medicaid, while 5 million have signed up for non-exchange health plans. Three million young people have insurance under their parents' plans.
— Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) April 17, 2014
"Veep" -- starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer -- is, without question, the best political show on television. (It blows "House of Cards" out of the water.) And, one of the brightest spots of the show is the clueless and now former White House staffer Jonah played to dislikable perfection by Timothy Simons.
President Obama delivered a statement in the White House press briefing room touting the signup successes of the Affordable Care Act. He also took four questions from reporters -- running the gamut from the situation in Ukraine to the ACA to the possibility of immigration reform. But, for Democrats running for office this November, there was one line in particular worth paying close attention to.
The possession and sale of marijuana remains illegal in 48 states -- though about a dozen more have moved to decriminalize possession to some extent.
That means people are still getting arrested and cited for marijuana possession and use every day in much of the country.
But whether or not pot-smokers get into trouble depends in large part on where they live. The below map from Addiction-Treatment.com and Fractl, using federal data from the FBI and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), compares each state according to how many marijuana arrests are made per 100,000 users:
When we asked you to coin the name of the next big-money vehicle expected to rise on the political landscape, we were expecting brilliance. Clever word play. Alliterative allusions.
What we should have also braced for: a deep cynicism about the role of money in politics.
To recap, here was the challenge: come up with a pithy name for the jumbo-sized joint fundraising committees that can now be formed in the wake of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision. By striking down the cap on the number of party committees, PACs and candidates a person could donate money to every year, the court paved the way for parties and candidates to band together to raise money, allowing individual donors to write a check for as much as $3.6 million.
President Obama, Vice President Biden and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinsheki welcomed participants of the annual soldier ride, a nearly 60-mile bike ride that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, to the White House on Thursday. "Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you this is a lot more than a bike ride -- this is a mark of how far you’ve come," Obama said.