The latest National Security Agency secret revealed via Edward Snowden is that the government has collected more than 200 million text messages a day through an untargeted system that allows them to extract location, contact networks and credit card details.
- Maryland lawmakers are proposing legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana, but their chances of success appear low.
- Gov. Chris Christie has set up a team to conduct an internal review and investigate the details of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal.
- Ohio used a new drug cocktail for executions never attempted in the United States. The result, witnesses say, is that inmate Dennis McGuire convulsed for about 10 minutes before actually dying.
- The federal government loses $100 billion a year in program payments that are made erroneously. I'm actually a little shocked the figure is not higher, though given that the numbers come from the government itself, it probably actually is.
- The Detroit bankruptcy judge has a rejected a $165 million compromise deal between the city and banks to handle the debt that resulted from a disastrous agreement entered into to avoid defaulting on pension payments. The judge said the money was too much to accept.
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