The polling in Massachusetts' Senate race is all over the place, but one thing seems to hold true: the threat of a Republican victory looms larger than Democrats expected a few months ago. The Atlantic Wire's Max Fisher takes a look at why that's the case, finding that pundits see the top reasons as Republican Scott Brown's fundraising, President Obama's absence from the race, and a generally inhospitable election climate for Democrats nationwide.
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.