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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.
In his new book "Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football," author Rich Cohen describes the legendary NFL team's coach Mike Ditka as a gruff savior for the Windy City:
He looked like a bear and behaved like a bear ... He was a Kodiak rooting through trash on the edge of a national park. He was a grizzly enraged by a swarm of bees ... Every junior high school has that gym teacher who wants to be called Coach, who makes you run an extra ten laps for being a wisea** ... Ditka was that guy for the entire city of Chicago.
"He's like the guy that actually makes you get up and work," said Cohen. After multiple losing seasons, the residents of Chicago needed someone like Ditka "to snap you out of this funk."
When it comes down to it, isn't life just the downtime between McRib promotions? The beloved limited-time-offer sandwich has reportedly begun making its return to the menu at certain McDonald's franchises.
But wait - Burger King is offering something it calls the BBQ Rib sandwich, and restaurants are offering it for about a third of what the McRib costs.
Washington (CNN) – In an interview with CNN, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio downplayed Wednesday any national takeaways from GOP Gov. Chris Christie's crushing victory in the blue state of New Jersey and Republican Ken Cuccinelli's loss in Virginia, saying what happened in Tuesday's elections carry little implications for the future of the GOP.
(CNN) – Last night, Portland and several communities in Michigan became the latest areas to legalize marijuana, following in the footsteps of Colorado, and Washington, which both voted to legalize recreational drug use in the 2012 elections.
But these city decriminalization laws essentially legalize something that was never illegal under city statutes to begin with.
Passing these laws in cities and towns reflects the growing support for legalizing pot, and puts pressure on state lawmakers.
Given the current trend, don't be surprised if pot is legal nationwide in five years, said UCLA public policy professor Mark A.R. Kleiman.