In 2006, Oregon successfully made pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of meth, a prescription drug. Since then, Mother Jones' Jonah Engle reports, 24 states have tried to follow suit — and 23 have failed. Engle attributes those failures to pharmaceutical companies' massive lobbying efforts.
During his tenure, the steroids era ballooned and the game added a third division, the wild card and interleague play. He will serve until Jan. 24, 2015.
Chefs are the masterminds behind restaurants that enable and celebrate indulgence and gluttony. So when they do weight loss challenges, the messages are mixed.
The debt ceiling -- or the debt limit, as the Treasury calls it -- is quite simply the amount of money that the government is legally allowed to borrow.
Every year, the Congress decides how much it's going to spend -- that's the budget. And depending on what it puts in the budget, the government gets a load of bills in the mail every month. Just like every American does. The U.S. government's bills are quite a bit bigger: it has to pay its employees; it has to pay its contractors; it has to pay for the stuff that its buys; and it has to pay the interest on its debt.
The arm of the government that makes those payments is the Treasury. It uses the money that the government collects in taxes to pay most of the bills. And if it hasn't got enough money, then it borrows some more to make up the difference. Again, like an American would do with a credit card.
But the Treasury's only allowed to borrow up to a certain amount. And it's credit limit -- the debt ceiling -- is decided by Congress. If it needs to borrow more, it has to get permission to do so.
That's right -- it's Congress that decides the amount we can spend, and it's Congress that decides the amount we can borrow. Right now, those amounts aren't matching up. And if Congress can't get them to match, then some of those bills aren't going to get paid.
And that's a problem.
President Obama and other American officials have expressed doubts about the U.N.'s ability to get things done. But this week, the U.S. has gone to the U.N. to address its two most pressing diplomatic challenges — Syria and Iran.
The conspiracy affected more than $5 billion in parts sold to U.S. manufacturers and more than 25 million cars. The bottom line, said Justice, is that Americans paid more than they should have for their vehicles.