Despite lots of talk of making "hard decisions" about entitlements, President Obama has now committed himself to business as usual with the budget-buster programs.
- The Supreme Court may have revised the rule book on domestic surveillance last year, but the FBI is playing coy on how — or if — it's complying. The feds say their new surveillance policies are "private and confidential."
- Wikileaks is dropping hints that Aaron Swartz was a source, and that's how he really got on the government's bad side.
- At the polls, almost sixty percent of Austrian voters chose to keep conscripting young men into the military and "community service."
- In response to a lawsuit challenging the terms of a California tax break on stock sales by small businesses, the state has retroactively rescinded the tax break for everybody. It now wants five years worth of unexpected capital gains taxes.
- The UN's International Labor Organization has peered into its crystal ball and sees … soaring world unemployment in 2013. These folks must be a blast at parties.
- Now that Washington voters have legalized marijuana, the state plans strict regulatory controls in hopes of keeping the feds happy. Good luck with that.
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