American political leaders around the country are casting about for a policy response to the widespread abuse of opioid painkillers that doesn't replicate the mistakes of past punitive approaches to drug use. Now, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has thrown her clout into that push for solutions -- and in a way that underscores the injustices of the War on Drugs over the past several decades. Warren is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research how medical and recreational marijuana might help alleviate the opioid epidemic. In a letter sent Monday to CDC head Dr. Thomas Friedan, Warren urged the agency to finalize its guidance to physicians on the dos and don'ts of prescribing oxycodone, fentanyl and other popular drugs in this category.
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and Arizona Senator John McCain have wagered the delivery of a Senate floor speech on the outcome of Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals.
The wager requires the Senator representing the losing team to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the winning team and wishing them victory in the Super Bowl.
With no winners in Saturday night's record $949.8 million Powerball drawing, the next jackpot could reach an estimated $1.3 billion, lottery officials said early Sunday.
There was no winner Saturday night in the multi-state Powerball lottery, which soared to a record $900 million and could now go as high as $1.3 billion. The top prize requires a match on all five white Powerball numbers and the red Powerball, which has odds of around 1 in 292 million. The size of the prize is because for 18 drawings there's been no winner in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, a streak going back to Nov. 7.
Let's say we find out an asteroid is going to hit the earth at some point over the next three months. It may kill all of us, it may kill some of us, it may splash harmlessly into the ocean -- but there is no stopping it. All we can do is hunker down and see what happens. How would you react? How would humanity as a whole react? Well, I know how: we would prepare as best we could, and then we would surround ourselves with the people we love most and party our asses off. We would do it, because we would realize it might be our last chance. I know this, because we have Christmas.