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Inside the Beltway: Lawmaker march madness
TAKE POT FOR GRANITE
“The New Hampshire House of Representatives adopted a “Live Free and Get High” mantra Thursday, decriminalizing possession of less than a quarter ounce of marijuana,” proclaims The Nashua Telegraph, a New Hampshire newspaper.
“Live free or die,” of course, has been the Granite State’s official motto since 1945.
But never mind retooling the license plates, which bear the phrase. Outside of medicinal use, Gov. Maggie Hassan opposes the bill, says her spokesman Marc Gregory.
WOE IS US
“By 2016, the United States will no longer be the world’s No. 1 economy. That title will be handed over to none other than the current No. 2: China. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris said in report published this week that China was on course to surpass the U.S. economy in just three short years,” says Kenneth Rapoza, a contributor to Forbes magazine.
“That’s about the time President Barack Obama will end his second term. The next president will potentially be the first one since World War II that didn’t govern the world’s most powerful economy,” he notes.
One California lawmaker has discovered that there is still public fascination about the late Andrew Breitbart. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher hosted a screening of “Hating Breitbart,” a documentary about the media maven and provocateur. Several hundred enthusiastic fans showed up at the Costa Mesa, Calif., event.
“The film was both entertaining and inspiring. We know that we have lost a great champion of truth, but we also know that it’s up to us to let his courage and commitment to truth inspire us to carry the torch forward,” Mr. Rohrabacher reports.
The film will be released May 17 in select theaters across the U.S. and on DVD and video on demand.
“We wanted to capture Andrew as he was: loud, passionate and occasionally profane when he saw liberal hypocrisy in the mainstream media,” director Andrew Marcus told the assembled crowd. “But we also wanted to make sure that all Americans can see what a fascinating man he was and why his messages of media corruption and the rising tide of citizen journalism are even more important today than when he passed away.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 85 percent of U.S. voters favor requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers; 83 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats agree.
• 72 percent overall favor “mental health checks” on all gun buyers; 64 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats agree.
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