Talking Points for Feb. 3

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• Is there only one Oval Office?

There has been just one since 1909. But the government is now building a second Oval Office, an exact duplicate of the original, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House, Real Clear Politics reported. President Obama could start using the facsimile Oval this summer and remain there as long as two years while the original Oval undergoes renovations as part of a $376 million West Wing rehab. Workers still have to put in a temporary, blast-proof VIP entrance in the Eisenhower building before the president can move in.

• Can anyone be a pot consultant?

Washington state is advertising for such a consultant to help it create a now-legal marijuana industry that the state's voters approve last November. The job pays up t $100,000, but applicants must have at least five years of "working experience" with pot. The 17-page job description says the applicant must be familiar with how pot is "grown, cultivated, cured and processed" and have "experience with cannabis testing." Since pot remains illegal everywhere else except Colorado, Washington officials said that a criminal record is not "an immediate disqualifier" for applicants.

• What did Ed Koch have written on his tombstone?

The boisterous former mayor of New York City died last week, but he had his tombstone prepared well in advance. On it, Koch had inscribed a prayer from Deuteronomy and a description of him as a "fiercely proud" Jew who "fiercely defended" New York and its people and who loved his country. Koch also had added the last words of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was slain by Islamic terrorists in 2001: "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."

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