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The Tie That Binds Washington Together

Now it's clear what the driving force is behind some of the recently proposed financial legislation. At first you might think knee-jerk, panic driven logic was responsible for the calls to ban all CDS and tax bonuses at 90%. But the real reason for DC's recent streak of regulatory gems appears to be what lawmakers have been doing with the bills in their wallets. A recent study found 95% of banknotes in Washington showed traces of cocaine.

Dr Yuegang Zuo, who led the research, said: "To my surprise, we're finding more and more cocaine in banknotes... I'm not sure why we've seen this apparent increase, but it could be related to the economic downturn, with stressed people turning to cocaine."

Speaking of which, Tim Geithner has been a lot quieter recently.