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CDC Director Tom Frieden Talks Flu Vaccines — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden receiving a flu shot. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, believes in influenza immunization. So he rolled up his sleeve and got his own flu vaccine - in front of fellow physicians and members of the audience at a Thursday conference at the National Press Club in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Pot Legalization Takes Poll Lead, But Will Congress Ruin It? — The District is ready for legalization. It's looking more likely that, come November, the nation's capital will join the states of Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana. According to an NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll released yesterday, District of Columbia voters plan to approve a ballot referendum legalizing pot, with 65 percent saying they are in favor and just 33 percent opposed.
Sep 19, 2014

RT @alneuhauser: Congress: States' rights – and in this case, non-states' rights – until they disagree.… From @Pat_Garofalo

Sep 19, 2014

Congress: States' rights – and in this case, non-states' rights – until they disagree.… From @Pat_Garofalo

Sep 19, 2014

Pot legalization is up big in the polls in D.C. But will Congress ruin everything? My latest for @USNewsOpinion:

Alibaba IPO Opens at $93 — Alibaba founder Jack Ma smiles during the company's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange. By Tom Risen Alibaba Group generated so much hype for its initial public offering that Wall Street opened trading of the stock Friday at $92.70, skyrocketing from the China-based company's proposed price of $68 - shattering Wall Street records and valuing the company at $230 billion.

Should You Dive Into the New Wave of Waters? — Is coconut water all it's cracked up to be? If you thought plain old H2O is the only water available, think again! The latest trend is to sip on naturally occurring water such as coconut, maple and birch. Each are collected from natural sources and are touted to be super healthy.

How to Build a Home Gym for Under $100 — Kettlebells, which cost around $25 to $30, are a great High Intensity Interval Training cardio workout. We all have the same 24 hours to work with. We all have to make the most of those hours, dividing the time between work, family and, hopefully, seven to eight hours of sleep.

Did the NSA Demand Apple’s Data? — A change in language in a recent Apple report may hint at government requests for the company's user data. By Tom Risen People rushed to buy Apple's new iPhone 6 Friday, but the company may have dropped a privacy warning that the National Security Agency wants information about its users.

Joe Biden Veers Off Message, Hillary Clinton Plays It Safe — Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum on Friday in Washington, D.C. It's better to be safe than sorry. That well-worn quip may best encapsulate the difference between the dueling speeches delivered by Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Committee's Women Leadership Forum Friday.

Burger King's Inversion Should Spur Congress to Reform the Tax Code — Inverting its way to what? The popular Wall Street dance known to every corporate accountant as tax inversion is under attack from those who claim to speak for Main Street. "My attitude is I don't care if it's legal. It's wrong," says President Barack Obama. Sen.
Sep 19, 2014

RT @USNewsOpinion: Reform the tax code so we can have it our way, says Mort Zuckerman

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve Are Right to Focus on Jobs — Smart move. By Chad Stone Federal Reserve policymakers reiterated their expectation this week that they would keep interest rates low for a "considerable time" after they end the Fed's large-scale asset purchase plan (a.k.a. "quantitative easing"), most likely after their next meeting in October.

Scotland Votes No on Independence But The Future of Britain Is Changed — Now is everyone finally on board? For Scotland, yesterday's rejection of a referendum proposal to sever ties with England, may have done a whole lot more than simply save an uncomfortable, if durable, 307-year-old political union. It also has implications for British and European stability, the transatlantic alliance and the position of Scotland in the world.

Apple's iPhone 6 Debut — Apple fans in the nation's capital camp out to be first in line for the new iPhone 6.

Living With Type 1 Diabetes - a Forgotten Disease — One difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is the former usually develops at a young age while the latter appears much later in life. By Amir Khan Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic, with 28.5 million Americans diagnosed as of 2012 and the number expected to continue growing.

Why Maybe You Shouldn't Update Your iPhone, in One Graph — Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 in Cupertino, Calif. With the release of the iPhone 6 Friday and the recent release of new software, Apple fans are rushing to stores to buy, buy, buy, and to the Internet to download.