Both the U.S. House and Senate have approved a massive, $1.8 trillion federal spending and tax bill, which is now on its way to President Obama. Rep. Justin Amash and Sen. Rand Paul have been slamming Sen. Marco Rubio for not showing up to vote on the bill, which Paul—along with fellow presidential hopefuls Sens. Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders— voted against.
- The Bernie Sanders campaign is threatening to sue the Democratic National Committee.
- President Obama today granted sentence commutations to 95 people and pardons to two.
- Vegan mayonnaise company Hampton Creek fought the Food and Drug Administration—and won.
- A growing number of U.S. cities have passed LGBT non-discrimination laws.
- "The Ewoks are dead. All of them."
- Home Alone's Kevin McCallister grows up.
- Sayonara, microbeads.
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