March 14 is Pi Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant measuring the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (beginning with 3.14). Pi Day is celebrated internationally, and in 2009 it was decreed an official holiday by the US House of Representatives. Here are 3.14 ways to celebrate.
The Keystone XL pipeline, held up by reviews for four years, is getting a legislative push from members of the US House of Representatives, Graeber writes. The Northern Route Approval Act would strip the president of his authority to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
As the public's patience with partisan politics wears thin, signs in Washington indicate possible movement toward bipartisan budget decision-making. The House passed a bill which would fund government programs through this fiscal year on Wednesday. The Senate is expected to pass a similar measure soon. Also on Wednesday, President Barack Obama invited Republican Senators to dinner.
President Obama's selection of nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as Energy secretary highlights a void in Washington. The nation's capital lacks scientists in key decisionmaking positions and in Congress.
Utah's state legislature has introduced a bill that would outlaw smoking in cars with under age 16 present. If it passes, Utah will become the sixth state with such a ban.