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Senate has a secret book of rules

The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats. The document has never been available to the public — until now.

We have obtained and are making available the 380-page U.S. Senate Handbook, which describes itself as “a compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management.”

80% of marijuana citations issued by one Seattle police officer

African-Americans and homeless people were cited the most for public marijuana use in Seattle, according to the first six months of data in 2014.

Most of the citations — 66 of 82 — were issued by one police officer, according to a statement from the Seattle Police Department.

The officer was taken off patrol duty.

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections. 

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections

This is what air traffic looks like over Europe right now. 
Map via Flight Radar 24. 

This is what air traffic looks like over Europe right now. 

Map via Flight Radar 24. 

Wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines airliner that went down in Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.
Ukrainian air traffic control lost contact with Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukraine border. The plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.
(Photo by Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images)

Wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines airliner that went down in Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine.

Ukrainian air traffic control lost contact with Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 about 30 miles from the Russian-Ukraine border. The plane was carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

(Photo by Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images)

A proposal to divide California into six states has received enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot. Here’s how.
[Update on July 21: A corrected version of this map has replaced the previous version.]

A proposal to divide California into six states has received enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot. Here’s how.

[Update on July 21: A corrected version of this map has replaced the previous version.]

Cantor to leave post as House majority leader

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, according to a senior House staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt Cantor’s announcement.

Cantor’s decision follows his historic defeat Tuesday in his Virginia Republican primary against a little-known opponent, Tea Party-inspired economics professor David Brat.

Cantor is the second highest-ranking member of GOP leadership and was on track to become the next U.S. House speaker. He is the only majority leader in congressional history to lose in a primary fight. His defeat scrambles the leadership lineup and the House’s agenda ahead of the 2014 elections.