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The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations

Not anymore.<p>With its decision to legalize weed starting on October 17, Canada has effectively signed a death warrant for pot prohibition worldwide.<p>The United States has long been the world’s drug cop, but now that it has abandoned the beat by allowing nine states to legalize weed, international …

Stephanie Kelton Has The Biggest Idea In Washington

Once an outsider, her radical economic thinking won over Wall Street. Now she's changing the Democratic Party.<p>For most of her career, Stephanie Kelton was accustomed to being ridiculed. It started in grad school.<p>At Cambridge University in the late 1990s, she signed up for an economics course taught …

Economics

Who is the freeloader: the working poor on food stamps — or corporations that don’t pay them enough?

Sen. Sherrod Brown has a plan to tax corporations that don’t pay their workers enough.<p>Republicans in Congress just failed to pass a bill that would impose harsher work requirements for federal food stamps as part of the so-called farm bill, but there’s no sign they’re giving up on the idea anytime …

The Real Villain Behind Our New Gilded Age

The comedian Chris Rock once said, “If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” Populist revolts throughout the world may not count as street riots, but they do reflect disenchantment with not just our government but also liberal democracy itself.<p>In the past …

Income Inequality

The Cowardice of Covering for Too-Violent Cops

A brutality case in New Jersey illustrates how the failures of law-enforcement agencies to police themselves can be thought of as failures of courage.<p>Last May, a 16-year-old without a driver’s license was steering his parents’ sedan down a street in Carteret, New Jersey, when a police car pulled …

Law Enforcement

Bernie Sanders is about to roll out a plan to guarantee every single American a job

Sen. Bernie Sanders will roll out a plan to guarantee every American a job, according to a new report.<p>The Washington Post's Jeff Stein reported Monday that Sanders's plan will guarantee every person a job with $15 an hour in pay. The jobs would be generated by public investments in projects ranging …

Middle-class

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

China has started ranking citizens with a creepy 'social credit' system — here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you

The Chinese state is setting up a vast ranking system system that will monitor the behaviour of its enormous population, and rank them all based on their "social credit."<p>The "social credit system," first announced in 2014, aims to reinforce the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking …

Supreme Court: No Lives Matter If a Cop Feels Threatened

The high court’s ruling this week basically says that if an old lady has a cane and a cop says he thought it was a gun, he can fire away.<p>It’s …

Nearly 2,000 people were stopped in 9 days under Trump's travel ban — and almost all of them were legal US residents

President Donald Trump's first travel ban caused 1,903 people to be stopped during the nine days it was enforced in early 2017, according to a newly public document, BuzzFeed reported on Saturday.<p>The document, which was released under a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that most of the …

Immigration

Congress just legalized sex censorship: What to know

One week ago, the worst possible legislation curtailing free speech online passed and sex censorship bill FOSTA-SESTA is on its way to be signed into law by Trump.<p>Hours after the announcement, everything from the mere discussion of sex work to client screening and safe advertising networks began …

In rare bipartisan show, Congress rejects Betsy DeVos’ education agenda

<b>U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (Getty/Win McNamee)</b><p>In a rebuff of the Education Department’s leader, Congress’ spending bill diverged from DeVos’ privatized dreams<p>Charlie May<p>March 22, 2018 6:44pm (UTC)<p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congress are on completely different pages when it comes …

Education

Donald Trump’s corrupt firing of Andrew McCabe

McCabe’s firing shows how Trump’s behavior corrodes faith in government.<p>“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history.”<p>That’s former CIA director John Brennan, …

Trump seeks more than $20 million in damages from Stormy Daniels

President Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.<p>Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at …

Republicans fear they botched Russia report rollout

GOP lawmakers are on the defensive after challenging the intelligence community’s findings on election meddling.<p>House Republicans are privately venting that they’ve fumbled the release of their own Russia probe report.<p>The blaring headline the GOP wanted from this week’s rollout was clear: After a …

Trump finalizing opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers

The Trump administration is finalizing a long-awaited plan that it says will solve the opioid crisis, but it also calls for law enforcement measures — like the death penalty for some drug dealers — that public health advocates and congressional Republicans warn will detract from efforts to reverse …

'People Are Going To Get Over THC And Start Developing Their Terpene Palettes,' Predicts Neuroscientist Adie Poe

The future of cannabis connoisseurship is in terpenes—not THC, according to neuroscientist Adie Poe. The co-founder and Chief Science Officer of the …

We live in a post-truth “Rashômon” world—filmmakers know it, but philosophers don’t

Picture this: a man—a samurai—is killed in a grove. One by one, all those involved are brought before a court. The woodcutter talks of the horror that seized him when he stumbled upon the body. The priest testifies that he had seen the man earlier and identifies a likely attacker. Then the …

Samurai

Supreme Court Ruling Could Allow Immigrants to Be Detained Indefinitely

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that immigrants being detained as part of potential deportation proceedings do not have the right to periodic bond …

This Ivanka Trump answer is exactly why nepotism laws exist

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In an interview with NBC that ran Monday morning, Ivanka Trump was asked a simple question: "Do you believe your father's accusers?"<p>This is how she answered: "I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he's …

Donald Trump

A cyclist’s widow asked a lawmaker why she opposed a distracted-driving bill. The answer: Spite.

The widow of a man killed by a distracted driver, Mary Carol Harsch, introduced herself to Georgia lawmaker Betty Price before entering an elevator with her on Thursday. She wanted to know why Price had voted against legislation that would double the fine for motorists who talk on the phone while …

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

Japanese Monks Recorded the Climate for 700 Years

Some of the oldest continuous historical records from around the world show us how dramatically the climate has changed.<p>Lake Suwa sits in the Kino Mountains of central Japan, in a region sometimes called the Japanese Alps. When the lake freezes over, daily temperature changes cause the ice to …

A Landmark Marijuana Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Jeff Sessions and the DEA

This case has the potential to reshape medical cannabis policy in the years to come.<p>There are few industries with a faster growth rate at the moment …

It's Not Illegal Immigration That Worries Republicans Anymore

The Trump-era GOP cares more about the national origin and race of immigrants than the methods they used to enter the United States.<p>A few weeks ago, the contours of an immigration compromise looked clear: Republicans would let the “Dreamers” stay. Democrats would let Trump build his wall. Both …

Immigration

U.S. attorney general opposes plan to reform prison sentencing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to not approve a draft criminal sentencing reform bill that he claims would reduce sentences for "a highly dangerous cohort of criminals."<p>In a letter seen by Reuters, Sessions told Senate …

17 WTF Items From Donald Trump’s Budget

Donald Trump has unveiled his budget for next year – a document no one expects to become law, but which signals the president’s moral and financial …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

3 Reasons Why Governments Ignore Scientific Advice on Drug Use

The harms just don't match up to the punishment.