• The Fine Print

    What would Frank Underwood do?

    As the House of Representatives’ majority whip – a role famously depicted in the Netflix hit series “House of Cards” – it’s a question Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., ponders as Capitol Hill faces a showdown over how to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

    “I think he’d storm over to the Senate chamber and just start maybe voting some people’s machines ‘yes’ to get the bill brought up,” Scalise joked of the fictional character played by Kevin Spacey. “He’d take matters into his own hands over in the Senate.”

    Scalise, who didn’t start watching “House of Cards” until after he became majority whip in August, said the fictional Washington depicted in the show bears only a limited semblance to reality.

    “They depict the Capitol and the hectic schedule. I mean everybody is running around from meeting to meeting and votes,” he said in an interview with “The Fine Print.” “But when it comes to the interaction between members, it’s a lot more

    Read More »from How the real-life Frank Underwood is staring down the DHS showdown
  • Power Players

    It’s now legal to get high in the nation’s capital, so long as you do it in private.

    A voter-approved initiative legalizing limited recreational use of marijuana took effect Thursday. But with some Republicans on Capitol Hill threatening legal action against the District of Columbia, the future of pot in the federal city remains a bit hazy.

    “It's legalization without commercialization,” Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, told “Power Players.”

    While adults can now legally possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana -- about a large sandwich bag’s worth – it’s still against the law to buy or sell it and smoke in public, according to city officials.

    “There are no store fronts where people who are 21 and older can just walk in and buy a bag of marijuana, unless you're a medical marijuana patient,” said Eidinger, who’s has spent the last 15 years campaigning for legal pot in his hometown.

    For now, the only legal way to get weed is to grow it. Under the law, District

    Read More »from A Capitol high: Legal marijuana use begins in DC
  • Top Line

    It was one of the most unforgettable debate moments of 2014.

    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist took his place on stage for a televised debate against Gov. Rick Scott. And for the first seven minutes of the live debate, Crist was the only candidate on the stage – accompanied only by a small electric fan whirling cool air behind his podium.

    In an interview with “Top Line,” Scott revealed what was going through his mind during the “fangate” incident – and said he was told the debate was being held up by Crist.

    “It was pretty frustrating,” the recently reelected Republican governor told “Top Line,” explaining that he was in a trailer away from the main building when his Democratic challenger took the stage at the debate’s start. “We were told he was not going to come out.”

    Prior to the debate’s start, the Scott campaign had protested Crist’s use of the fan as a violation of debate rules, which forbade the use of electronic devices at the podium.

    “We were waiting, and then he goes

    Read More »from Rick Scott on ‘frustrating’ #Fangate and Jeb Bush’s 2016 prospects

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