After Sarah Palin charged that the Obama administration's policies "fly in the face of principles" by creating debt and "defy Economics 101," Conor Clarke points out that Alaska gets lots of money in federal spending--more than it pays in federal taxes--and shares oil revenue state wide. Alaskans no doubt have Rep. Don Young (R), not Palin, to thank for a significant chunk of that federal spending, but it's an interesting point, and the chart certainly is cool.
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.