Quick Takes

* Yes, today Senator Lindsay Graham dropped out of the presidential race. Nuff said for Mr. 0.5% in the polls.

* This afternoon the Washington Monthly’s editor-in-chief Paul Glastris joined Julie Mason to discuss Saturday’s Democratic debate.

* There hasn’t been much talk about this amazing little item in the omnibus spending bill.

Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy…

Congress for years had resisted calls to allow states to chart their own path on pot. The marijuana measure, which forbids the federal government from using any of its resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, was previously rejected half a dozen times.

* Charles Kenny picks up on a theme that has a hard time breaking through our current fascination with outrage and hysteria in an article titled, 2015: The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being.

* This year instead of going with “Lie of the Year,” Politifact named their “Liar of the Year.” No surprise to anyone about who won that contest.

It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That’s because Donald Trump doesn’t let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.

* Finally, every now and then a song comes along that absolutely knocks your socks off the first time you hear it. That’s what happened to me today when I heard the cover of Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. Take a listen and see if you agree with me.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.