Polar (Vortex) Express in Illinois, Senate Mulls Unemployment Extension, Obama Wants End to Iraq Military Authorization: P.M. Links

  • Save us, creepy animated Tom Hanks!Hundreds of passengers were

    stranded overnight
    on three Amtrak trains in Illinois due to
    snow drifts. They were
    rescued today
    and sent to Chicago, which may well be just
    another form of frozen torture.
  • The Senate advanced another
    extension of unemployment benefits
    , but even if it passes it
    has a much tougher challenge in the House, as Republicans want cuts
    elsewhere to offset the costs and other concessions.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency wants to force
    wood stoves
    to reduce their emissions by 80 percent by 2019.
    The rules won’t affect existing wood stoves.
  • President Barack Obama endorses the
    repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force
    permitted the war in Iraq, a White House official said today. After
    all, he clearly doesn’t believe drones count anyway.
  • The former NBA players who have
    joined Dennis Rodman in North Korea
    are now expressing a little
    doubt about their decisions, as Rodman’s diplomatic skills with the
    media are a touch lacking.
  • Iran has declined to participate in
    upcoming Syrian peace talks
    in Switzerland.

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from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2014/01/07/polar-vortex-express-in-illinois-senate

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