Tuesday

“Sessions scheduled for Tuesday testimony”


MSNBC

Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify once in the House and once in the Senate on Tuesday, which could include some important follow-ups to James Comey’s testimony if he doesn’t back out.

“Turning to Ohio, Trump cuts into Kasich”


HUFFINGTON POST/CNN

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“How Trump can save Hillary: Just by being his usual offensive self he can sway the Democratic primary vote in New Hampshire”


POLITICO

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration dinner Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Celebration dinner Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

“Everything you need to know about the 2016 State of the Union address”


POLITICO

SOTU

“Taliban: We killed 4 U.S. troops at Afghan air base”


CBS NEWS

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four American troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the U.S. on finding a political solution to ending the nearly 12-year war in the country.

The deadly attack underscores the challenges ahead in trying to end the violence roiling Afghanistan via peace negotiations in Qatar with militants still fighting on the ground.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, late on Tuesday. American officials confirmed the base had come under attack by indirect fire — likely a mortar or rocket — and that four U.S. troops were killed.

The attack came as the Taliban opened a political office in the Qatari capital of Doha, and announced they were ready for peace talks. The decision was a reversal of months of failed efforts to start negotiations while Taliban militants intensified a campaign targeting urban centers and government installations across Afghanistan.

Afghan military officially takes control of country’s security

President Obama’s plan for leaving Afghanistan reached a new milestone Tuesday as the Afghan military officially took responsibility for the country’s security. The White House also said it would try again to hold peace talks with the Taliban. Major Garrett reports.

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“Recreational marijuana: How Colorado plans to regulate the pot market”


NBC NEWS

By Clare Kim

(File photo by Elaine Thompson/AP)

(File photo by Elaine Thompson/AP)

Colorado made history Tuesday when Governor John Hickenlooper signed six bills into law that will govern the cultivation, sale, and taxation of recreational marijuana, creating the first legal framework in the U.S. for recreational marijuana use.

Last November, Coloradans voted to approve a constitutional amendment on recreational marijuana. The measure, Amendment 64, will allow Colorado adults–21 and older–to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use from specialty marijuana dispensaries (which could open as soon as January) and to grow up to six marijuana plants–with only three flowering at a given time–in their homes.

Video surveillance of pot growing will become established by an agency that will oversee seed-to-sale tracking next year.

The measure also limits possession up to an ounce for personal use. And selling marijuana without a license, purchasing marijuana from a party who is not licensed as well as public use of marijuana will remain illegal.

For the first few months, Colorado’s marijuana industry be restricted to individuals and shops licensed to sell or produce medical marijuana. Licenses will be granted only to residents of two years, and investors will also need to meet the residency requirements.

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“US work-related deaths top 150 a day, finds AFL-CIO report”


NBC NEWS

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Roughly 150 people died from work-related illness or injury per day in 2011, according to a new report the AFL-CIO released on Tuesday. Fatal workplace injuries claimed 13 lives per day, while work-related illness and disease killed an additional 137 people daily.

Although occupational fatality rates have trended downward in the years since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the gradual improvement of workplace safety seems to have halted in recent years.

“After years of steady decline, for the past three years the job fatality rate has essentially been unchanged,” according to the report.

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