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Rundown for January 16, 2014
12:06 PM EDT Comment

‘Earmark-ish, Earmark-esque’ Provisions Back In Budget

Earmarks, also called pork barrel spending, have been banned from the federal budget since 2010, but something that looks a lot like earmarks is back. We speak with Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

12:15 PM EDT 22 Comments

What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Could Mean For Minorities

Slate columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom says those against legalization are overlooking something — how keeping pot illegal disproportionately puts more minorities in jail.

12:35 PM EDT 3 Comments

Texas To Impose Tight Rules On Health Law ‘Navigators’

The state insurance department in Texas is preparing new rules to regulate the people who help residents sign up for health insurance, under the Affordable Care Act.

12:40 PM EDT 15 Comments

Will ‘Stand Your Ground’ Be Used In Florida Theater Shooting?

Since a retired police captain shot and killed a man texting in a movie theater, debate has been growing around whether the shooter can be defended under the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

12:50 PM EDT Comment

Dutch Journalists Bring Sochi To America

An exhibit at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum gives visitors a crash course in the place’s history, politics and culture. The show is the work of Dutch journalists Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

1:05 PM EDT Comment

Cheating Scandal Rocks Air Force Nuclear Missile Force

The U.S. nuclear missile force has removed 34 officers from their jobs after they were accused of texting the answers to a monthly proficiency test.

1:15 PM EDT Comment

War Takes Toll On Afghan Civilians

As the war ends for U.S. and NATO troops, it continues for the civilians in Afghanistan. Last year, was one of the worst years of the war for them. The BBC’s David Loyn looks at Afghans’ hopes for 2014.

1:20 PM EDT Comment

‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” are the top contenders.

1:35 PM EDT 3 Comments

Netflix May Take A Hit With End Of Net Neutrality

The recent appeals court ruling that overturned net neutrality could mean higher costs for Netflix, but may have an upside for the online movie streaming service as well.

1:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

Florida Man In Assisted Living Squanders Lottery Winnings

Malcolm Ramsey, 55, won — and promptly spent — about three-quarters of his $400,000 Florida Lottery prize. The state issued the check despite previously deeming him incapable of managing his finances.

1:50 PM EDT 3 Comments

Dancing Doctor Continues Healing Journey

Dr. Deborah Cohan’s video was viewed by millions and her healing journey continues. Just days ago, she started chemotherapy treatment.

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April 16 8 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

April 15 Comment

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

April 15 Comment

Watson Can Win ‘Jeopardy!’ But Can It Cook?

IBM has created a new cooking app called Chef Watson. Eliza Strickland threw a dinner party to find out if it works.

April 14 122 Comments

Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

While Turkey denies the killings were genocide, a Turkish professor explains how she arrived at the opposite conclusion.