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Yes, Virginia, You Put Your Weed In There: In the near future, Virginia may no longer just be the place to buy legal guns and cheap tobacco. It’ll also be the place to go buy pot! Legislators in the Old Dominion are studying whether to allow marijuana sales at state-owned liquor stores. Prediction: This won’t happen. But if it does, it’ll generate a lot more cash than lotto does. +3
Trent Franks For D.C. Council: Election year abortion politics are complicated. Conservative lawmakers want to show they’re fighting the culture wars, but they don’t really want to deal with a backlash from constituents who—reasonably—don’t want their own rights restricted. Fortunately for Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, there’s always the District! Franks will introduce legislation next week to ban abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy—never mind that D.C. is overwhelmingly more pro-choice than his own state is. The National Right to Life Committee is a big fan; they say there’s no need to consult District officials about the bill because, hey, Congress can do whatever it wants. -4
Whose Court? Our Court: The Supreme Court became the latest seat of national power to be occupied today, as Occupy D.C. protesters marched, sang, and chanted outside to protest the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that more or less ended any pretense that big corporations don’t run politics in this country. Police arrested 12 demonstrators. Had the protest managed to actually take over the building, we presume the court would have been renamed (a la the People’s Pentagon) the People’s Court. Chief Justice Joseph Wapner presiding? +2
Let It Mix: Is there any weather term drearier than “wintry mix?” None of the excitement of a blizzard, none of the beauty of a clear day, not even the sheer terror of, say, a hurricane. That’s what’s in store for the District and environs tonight through early tomorrow afternoon. On the plus side, it’s Friday night, so most people’s commutes won’t be ruined. On the minus side, your Saturday may be. -1
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 41 Today’s score: 0 Friday bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 42