The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months-long impasse and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency. The vote highlighted the rift in the GOP over the measure, as all of the 167 no votes came from Republicans -- more than twice as many as the 75 who supported the bill. It cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of the House's Democrats. The vote allows Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to finally turn the page on an ugly chapter in his leadership that consumed the opening months of the new Republican-controlled Congress.
Video shows a dad in China lighting a firecracker on a manhole cover in front of his son and nephew, an act that ignited sewage gas below the manhole and knocked him and the cover flying. The man was struck by the cover and seriously injured, but the kids were unhurt. "The blast, which took place on January 29 in Hunan province in China, was so powerful that his jacket was torn off his back," the Daily Mail reports. read more
Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who has been given refuge in Russia, is willing to return to the United States if he is given a fair trial, his lawyer said Tuesday. "He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen," Anatoly Kucherena, the Russian lawyer who represents the former National Security Agency contractor, told a news conference. The lawyer said Snowden had so far only received a guarantee from the US Attorney General that he will not face the death penalty.
Pew Research: Support for legalizing marijuana has rapidly outpaced opposition, with a slim majority (52%) favoring its legal use as of October 2014. That trend is driven largely by the Millennial generation, who support marijuana at much higher rates than their elders. Six-in-ten (63%) GOP Millennials say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 35% say it should be illegal, according to our February 2014 survey. Democrats overall are more enthusiastic supporters, with three-in-four (77%) Democratic Millennials favoring legal marijuana use, as well as 66% of Boomers, 61% of Gen Xers and 44% of the Silent generation inside the party.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning to issue a high-profile warning against what he considers an ill-advised nuclear deal with Iran. In an implicit challenge to President Barack Obama, Netanyahu plans to address a joint meeting of Congress at 11 a.m. Eastern to outline his case for a tougher strategy to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and to dissect the flaws of an agreement that has been emerging from American-led negotiations. read more