1. The rise of ‘Weed Inc.’

    Washington and Colorado decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana on Jan. 1. Is this the start of a ‘green rush’?
     

  2. The rise of ‘Weed, Inc.’

    Washington and Colorado decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana on Jan. 1. Is this the start of a ‘green rush’?

     


  3. The Lizard Kings
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    The name of Jacksonfille’s East Coast Hockey League franchise from 1995-2000.  Do it, Dan Snyder. The jersey sales to stoned teenagers alone will cover most of your 2014 payroll.

    11 defunct franchise names Washington’s football team can use

     

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  6. The NFL wants you to know that ‘Redskins’ isn’t offensive

    Roger Goodell’s claim that the name was never meant to offend is highly suspect.

    Former team owner George Preston Marshall changed the team’s name from “Braves” to “Redskins” in 1932 when he moved them to Washington, D.C. Goodell noted that point in his letter, but said that change was made to avoid confusion with baseball’s Boston Braves.

    However, Marshall was a notorious racist — even for his own time — who forced his coach and team to wear war paint and dance on the field. He also presided over the last segregated team in the league, refusing to sign any black players until given an ultimatum from President John F. Kennedy’s interior secretary, Stewart Udall. Since the Redskins’ stadium was on public land, Udall ordered Marshall to add black players to his roster or lose his stadium.

     


  7. Bill Scher:

    On the surface, Washington seems hopelessly mired in chronic partisan dysfunction. Scandal hysteria continues to fuel bitter partisan rhetoric. Senate Republicans are still obstructing humdrum presidential nominations. House Republicans are threatening (again!) to block the perfunctory but essential task of raising the debt limit. Gridlock produced the hated sequester. The broadly popular gun background-check bill remains stalled. Obama recently lamented that the partisan “fever” he hoped his re-election would cure has “not quite broken yet.”

    And yet, amid the recent acrimony, landmark immigration reform quietly earned a solid bipartisan vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, sending the bill to the Senate floor. And the Senate minority leader pledged not to lead a filibuster that would prevent a final up-or-down vote.

    The bill cleared committee after a last-minute deal was struck between Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, making it easier for technology companies to hire foreign workers. While the agreement was a setback for the AFL-CIO, altering a previous compromise with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the union’s president, Richard Trumka, did not seek to blow up the bill. He hailed the committee vote as “an enormous step toward healing an injustice.”

    Don’t call it a comeback. Bipartisanship has been here for years.

     

  8. Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his fourth State of the Union address, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST. If you won’t be in front of a television — and even if you will be — be sure to follow along via social media. Here’s how:  

    • Before the speech: At 7:30 p.m., chat live with White House reporter Paul Brandus on The Week's Facebook page. He’ll give you the lowdown on what to expect from tonight’s address.

    • During the speech: On Twitter, subscribe to @TheWeek's list of key political players, which includes both reporters and politicians who will be tweeting about the address. Separately, you’ll want to follow the hashtag #SOTU.  

    More: A social media guide to the SOTU

     

  9. Do you see what I see? I have arrived! The weather is frigid, for the deep south. #dc ~ @lahlauren

    Our multimedia editor Lauren Hansen is in Washington D.C. this weekend, and she’s taken our Instagram account with her. She’s a delight, and you should follow along. We’re @theweekmag

     

  10. Investigators at Washington state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife are trying to unravel an unusual whodunit: Eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region, all with bullet wounds. There have been scattered cases of murdered sea lions before, but it’s rare to find so many in such close proximity. Who would do such a thing?

     

  11. As Congress and the White House cast about for ways to shrink the yawning U.S. budget deficit, they could do worse than starting with a few stern words for their own staffs. According to IRS data crunched by The Washington Post, almost 100,000 employees of Congress, the West Wing, and several other federal agencies were collectively about $1 billion short in paying their 2010 taxes. That’s “totally unacceptable and disrespectful,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who’s pushing a bill to make tax delinquency a firable offense for federal workers. “If you’re on the federal payroll, the very least you can do is pay your taxes.” Here, a by-the-numbers look at the federal bureaucracy’s tax problem:

    • $114.2 billion
      Unpaid 2010 taxes, interest, and penalties for all Americans
    • $1.03 billion
      Amount that 98,291 federal, postal, and congressional employees owe in unpaid 2010 taxes
    • $32 million
      Increase from 2009 to 2010 in delinquent federal employee taxes owed
    • 0.96
      Tax delinquency rate, in percent, at the Treasury Department, which houses the IRS. That’s the lowest rate of any agency studied.
    • $9.3 million
      Unpaid 2010 taxes for 1,181 delinquent Treasury employees

    More numbers here

     


  12. Americans understand we’re up to our neck in debt. They know cuts have to be made. But this perception is often in the abstract, and when it comes to specifics, the classic NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) mentality rules. We just don’t want anything cut that directly impacts us.
    — Paul Brandus in his latest Bullpen column
     


  13. The successful revolt (in Tunisia) proves that the fortunes of Arab countries don’t depend on what Washington does.
    — The Week Bullpen columnist Daniel Larison, from his latest column, In Tunisia, a less in benign neglect