What Washington is talking about this week.

What Washington is talking about.
Feb. 23 2007 6:36 PM

Zeitgeist Checklist: Rotting Corpse Edition

What Washington is talking about this week.

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10. New This Week [UP ARROW]

What Are They Smoking? Business. The high court overturns a nearly $80 million award intended to compensate a smoker's widow. It's a major victory for tobacco companies, especially now that Obama's quitting has made smoking uncool again. In other news, XM Radio and Sirius announce plans for a merger. Howard Stern will spend a two-hour show chuckling over the word merge.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.