• Power Players

    As the longest-serving Independent in Congress and a self-identified “democratic socialist,” Sen. Bernie Sanders has built his political career outside of traditional party politics.

    It's an approach that has served him well in independent-minded Vermont, a state he has called home for decades. Now Sanders is considering whether that approach would win on the national stage - the 2016 presidential campaign.

    His message: that big money interests have perverted America's political process and that it's time for the voters to stand up to the millionaires and billionaires. Sanders hammers it home in an accent that owes more to Brooklyn than Burlington. He’s a gruff, unflinching advocate for working men and women.

    “Are my views different than Republicans? Absolutely they are. Do I disagree with President Obama on some very important issues? Yes, I do,” Sanders told “Power Players” during a recent trip to Iowa. “And I think among Independents in this country, there would be a

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  • 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

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  • 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

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