A Republican Presidential candidate and a Massachusetts Democrat introduced a bill on Thursday to end the Federal prohibition on marijuana. Representatives Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced that their bill will allow each State to create a marijuana policy of its own, as well as legalize, regulate and tax the drug.
An ordinance passed Monday in Washington requires King County river swimmers to wear a life vest. Violators will first receive a warning, and then face an $86 fine. “This Council sometimes thinks it’s everybody’s mom,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who voted no on the ordinance, told SeattlePI.com.
The Texas Legislature recently passed HB 2510, which allows light bulb manufacturers to continue producing incandescent bulbs in the State, in spite of Federal mandates aimed at phasing out incandescent bulbs by 2012.
On Tuesday morning, The Drudge Report prominently displayed a link to a transcript of a speech President Barack Obama gave at a fundraiser Monday night. The website mocked the transcript for recording that some of the President’s remarks had been met with laughter.
The Transportation Security Administration has teamed up with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol to conduct unannounced security screenings everywhere from airports to ferry docks to bus terminals.
Tonight, President Barack Obama will give a major speech regarding the Afghanistan war campaign. He is expected to announce the withdrawal of up to 30,000 United States troops from Afghanistan by November of next year. “The move comes despite warnings from his military commanders that recent security gains are fragile. They have been urging him to keep troop numbers high until 2013,” read a Guardian article. The White House confirmed, according to the article, that the troop withdrawals will be “significant.”
It appears that some Americans are leaning more toward Libertarian views than they have in the past.
The typical American diet is often characterized as being high in fat, sodium and sugar, and relatively deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables. However, that may not be true in California, where the average consumption of produce has significantly increased over the past decade.
European officials are currently considering a second bailout for Greece in a year, something that some experts say could greatly impact the United States economy.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life political action committee, recently asked Republican Presidential hopefuls to pledge to advance the anti-abortion movement if elected President. Five candidates seeking the 2012 GOP nod have signed the “Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge,” but Mitt Romney is not among them.