New Hampshire House Votes to Legalize Marijuana

(Mashable) - The state’s House voted 170-162 in favor of allowing anyone age 21 and up to carry up to one ounce of pot for recreational ...

Crime study: Handguns, not ‘assault rifles,’ used in most mass shootings

(WA Examiner) - Media hype about mass shootings in America has fostered a myth that the killings are on the rise …

Half of U.S. Counties Haven’t Recovered From Recession

(WSJ) - About half of the nation’s 3,069 county economies are still short of their prerecession economic output …

America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom

(WSJ) - Regulation, taxes and debt knock the U.S. out of the world’s top 10.

US Coast Guard Battles Ice to Keep Shipping Channels Open

(WWGP) - …the U.S. Coast Guard has been relentlessly fighting against ice buildup in the Great Lakes region…

Hundreds of Convicts Sitting in Jails Despite Legalization

(Fusion) – … there are still hundreds of marijuana convicts sitting in jail.

Poll: Household Gun Ownership on Rise in U.S.

(Breitbart) - The latest Economist/YouGov poll shows that 39 percent of American households own guns …

Target says stolen info in data breach almost doubles to 70 million

(NBC News) - The massive credit card heist at Target stores across the country was nearly twice as large as previously revealed …

Why Do Americans Move From Wealthy States to Poorer Ones?

(Bis Week) - A few months ago, journalist Timothy Noah observed that Americans are moving away from opportunity.

U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low for 2nd Straight Year

(CNS News) – The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in ...

Police Becoming More Militarized As Wars Wind Down

(CBS Florida) -…police officers say they are using military type tactical equipment to fight crime.

1,600 Applicants Flood MD Ice Cream Factory For 36 Jobs

(Breitbart) – Thanks to persistent unemployment and low availability of low-skill jobs…

Voluntary government checkpoints spark backlash

(USA Today) – Checkpoints, which the government insists are voluntary, are creating a backlash because of the presence of uniformed police officers.

Coldest Air in 20 Years to Aim at Nation’s Heartland

(Accuweather) – A fresh blast of arctic air will deliver some of the coldest weather in 20 years…

Snowstorm, Wind and Cold to Reach From Chicago to NYC, Boston

(Accuweather) – Two storms will merge quickly enough to produce a major snowstorm from the upper part of the mid-Atlantic to southern New England…

Websites Now Selling Credit, Debit Card Information Stolen In Target Breach

(CBS Pittsburg) – …in some cases, banks are the ones paying off the crooks to get the information back.

Florida could soon overtake New York as No. 3 in population

(CNN) – Pointing to the states’ growth rates, demographers say it’s not a question of if, but when.

Tycoon Robert Wilson gives away $800 million fortune before jumping to death

(Independent) – A renowned Wall Street tycoon gave away his entire $800 million fortune before falling to his death in a suicide jump this week.

The next Detroit? Atlantic City and Las Vegas facing catastrophic collapse

(Fox NY) – …it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City and Las Vegas are in serious jeopardy.

Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now

(Pew) – Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus.

In Texas, Search Warrants Can Now Be Based on a “Prediction of a Future Crime”

(Dallas Observer) – Police…had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg’s home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip…

Target stores’ customers hit by major credit card attack

(Reuters) – Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend…

45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10% of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare

(National Review) – The only states…are California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island…

White House names former Microsoft exec to run

(CNBC) – The White House is rebooting’s repairman.

Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional

(Politico) – …program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.

Gun Stocks Soar, Gun Control ‘Dead as an Issue’

(Breitbart) – …investors put their money into gun company stocks and garnered “incredible returns.”

Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch From America’s Most Desperate Town

(Rolling Stone) – No jobs, no hope – and surveillance cameras everywhere. The strange, sad story of Camden…

Oregon signs up just 44 people for Obamacare despite spending $300 million

(Wash. Examiner) – Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama’s health care law, signed up just 44 people for insurance through November…

Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

(The Wire) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation…

Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8

(AP) — Feeling chilly?

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