The U.S. broke several temperature records in 2012. Looking just at the U.S. climate, January to October 2012 were the warmest first 10 months of any year in U.S. history, with temperatures 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 55 degrees.
The decision by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, to retire at the end of his term could be key to implementing a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system. Baucus has promised to devote his remaining time in office to rewriting the tax code. Many see such a revision as a way to break the fiscal standoff between Democrats and Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced a bill that would require background checks on anyone seeking to buy explosives. The bill, crafted by Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, would revise current laws that let people buy up to 50 pounds of black powder, no questions asked. "It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check," Lautenberg said.
President Barack Obama says that if his daughters, Malia and Sasha, show up one day with a tattoo, then he and Michelle will head straight to the nearest tattoo parlor and get the exact same inkwork done on their own bodies. "We'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo," he warned.