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Marijuana legalization in 2016?

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Professional reformers, longtime activists, and stakeholders in the marijuana industry attended an invitation-only meeting at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland January 9 to discuss plans for a marijuana ‘legalization’ initiative to be on the ballot in California in 2016. The ...

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Crime and CIA Embarrassments

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Ray McGovern I confess to being naïve. From what I had read about “Operation Merlin,” a harebrained scheme to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, I was convinced that the CIA would be determined to avoid calling more attention to it. Or, by extension, ...

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New York State Just Banned Fracking

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After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York’s top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it ...

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The CIA’s Operation Deception

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CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation ...

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The Politics of Thanksgiving Day

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William Loren Katz As family excitement builds over Thanksgiving, you would never know November was Native American History Month. President Barack Obama publicly announced the month, but many more Americans will be paying much greater attention to his annual declaration ...

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A Warning to Ferguson Police

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

BILL QUIGLEY Police officers should approach Ferguson protestors with caution and fully respect their constitutional rights. That is the clear message from recent court awards and settlements against police force abuses against demonstrators. New York City just paid out $17.9 ...

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Bill Cosby accused of rape – again

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Another woman has come forward to allege that Bill Cosby raped her, in 1969 when she was 19, as sexual assault accusations against the legendary comedian continue to mount. Music industry publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis wrote in a Hollywood ...

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America’s Failed Drug War Is Crazy

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The following is a transcript of a TED talk by Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  Ethan Nadelmann What has the War on Drugs done to the world? Look at the murder and mayhem in Mexico, Central ...

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