Credit agencies Moody's and Standard and Poor's say the U.S. government needs to work a little harder to get its financial house in order.
- Despite predictions of doom for the hapless Speaker of the House, John Boehner was re-elected with only nine defections from the ranks.
- Colorado officials are still trying to wrap their control-freaky minds around the task of regulating marijuana like alcohol. Here's a suggestion: Don't regulate either one.
- Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is expected to make its first commercial flight to the edge of space sometime this year. Can an anarchic L5 colony be far behind?
- 2012 was the second-highest year on record for abortion restrictions, with 43 laws passed by states across the U.S.
- Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban most firearms, though it would grandfather existing guns, subject to registration. Good luck enforcing that.
- In Pakistan, Mullah Nazir, reportedly a senior Taliban leader, was killed along with five companions by a U.S. drone strike. It's unclear whether military officials were actually targeting a school or a picnic.
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