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January 3, 2014

Coming in 2014: Legal weed for women, honor roll for everyone, free handguns

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It’s that time of year - a time when we are about the future not the past, a time when we are done with reflection and want prediction. a time when your humble correspondent has gazed into the 2014 crystal ball long enough for things to come into focus.

So get ready. These forecasts are worth every bit as much as you paid for them.

January

In his State of the Union address, President Obama calls for a week-long celebration of five years of economic recovery and a reduction in the national unemployment rate to 6.9 percent, “thanks to the policies my administration has put in place.”

The president also calls on Congress to extend unemployment benefits to 250 weeks. “Millions of people are out of work,” he says, “and we can’t expect them to find jobs that aren’t there to find.”

February

Congress moves to follow Colorado’s lead and make the recreational use of marijuana legal nationwide – but only for women.

“We believe in a woman’s right to choose,” says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “I keep hearing that women should be allowed to control their own bodies. Doesn’t that mean deciding what substances to put into them?”

March

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) files a bill to ban banks and credit card companies from doing credit checks on applicants.

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