On Monday, The New Republic reported that Democratic leaders in the House and Senate were "almost certain" to bypass a formal conference committee and negotiate a final health care bill among themselves, without Republicans. Now, that seems more ore less official: The Hill's Jared Allen reports that, according to Democratic leadership aides, that strategy was agreed upon at a meeting between the top two Democrats of each chamber, President Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden at a meeting Tuesday night. In other words: all the top figures, including the president, have signed off.
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.