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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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October 8 121 Comments

Michael Bloomberg Takes Climate Fight To Cities

New York's former mayor and Vancouver's mayor Gregor Robertson are pushing for climate change policies at the city level.

October 8 4 Comments

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

October 7 231 Comments

Lawsuit Challenges Transgender Locker Room Access At Planet Fitness

We hear a counterargument to our conversation earlier this week about how to accommodate transgender people in gyms.

October 7 12 Comments

‘I Drive Your Truck’ Songwriter Now Drives Her Brother’s Truck

Like the real-life story that inspired her hit song, Connie Harrington now drives a pickup truck to remember a loved one who died.