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Recreational marijuana in California, paid family leave among 2018's new laws

WASHINGTON — The new year brings a host of state laws that take effect starting Monday, from making marijuana more accessible to requiring paid family leave.<p>Retail sales of marijuana for recreational use are now legal in California. Adults over 21 in the nation's most populous state can buy it in …

Cannabis

Trump's first 2018 tweet: Pakistan has 'given us nothing but lies & deceit'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In his first tweet of the new year President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan, saying the country has given the US nothing but "lies and deceit."<p>"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing …

Donald Trump

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes

Politico reported Wednesday that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, a story independently confirmed by The Washington Post by a source familiar with the investigation.<p>…

Donald Trump

Environmental Scorecard Highlights Need for Congress to Better Protect Our Environment & Health

Environment America released its 2017 Environmental Scorecard on Thursday, tracking how the U.S. Congress voted on bills that could protect our air, …

Paul Ryan's latest challenge: Policing House sexual misconduct scandals

Speaker Paul Ryan is under mounting strain as the rising number of sexual misconduct allegations has forced the Wisconsin Republican to assume the …

Congress reeling from sexual harassment deluge

Congressional leaders are struggling to get ahead of the wave of sexual harassment allegations that are engulfing their institution.<p>With no clear …

4 reasons why Democrats finally called on Al Franken to resign

The floodgates opened against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Wednesday, making his continued service in the Senate untenable.<p>Eight women have accused Franken of unwanted touching and kissing. Over 30 Democratic senators have called on him to resign, including the top two Democrats in the chamber. But …

Roy Moore

White House: We look forward to U.S. athletes participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea

With due respect to Jazz, not only do I not understand the argument against competing, I don’t know why we’re talking about it. If the U.S. is …

Veterinarians Urge FDA To Allow Research On Medicinal Marijuana For Pets

Veterinarians are aiming to push for more research to be conducted on the use of medicinal marijuana for pets, according to reports. Due to the lack …

Trump’s FCC Bids Farewell to the Internet as We Know It

Why are ISPs really pushing the FCC to end net neutrality? The answer is simple: there’s a lot of money to be made if you’re in control of what …

Senate crossbenchers take the first steps on lobbying reform – now to ensure it succeeds

The suite of codes, statements and laws governing lobbying are failing Australian voters. Yet, for decades, the two major parties have been unwilling …

Supply teachers are lobbying for better pay

Supply teachers are meeting outside the Welsh Assembly building tomorrow to lobby the Welsh Government for better pay.<p>Many are now employed through …

Trump adviser linked to Turkish lobbying

Donald Trump wants to forbid his officials from lobbying for foreign governments, but one of his top national security advisers is being paid by a …

How Donald Trump's Lobbying Ban Could Shake Up Washington

President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers are promising to keep lobbyists off his transition team and prohibit any future administration …

New Yorkers Still Hate Trump

On Thursday, the president made his first visit back to his hometown since he was inaugurated. Security was tight.<p>Before Donald Trump arrived in Manhattan, there was a heavy police presence around Trump Tower and the Peninsula Hotel, where the president was scheduled to meet Australian prime …

Donald Trump

Australia has finally achieved marriage equality, but there's a lot more to be done on LGBTI rights

It took a long time, but on Thursday Australia became the 26th country to achieve marriage equality.<p>The LGBTI community is euphoric and relieved with …

LGBTQI

The ugly legal history behind the opposition to California’s new trans rights bill.

In October, the California Senate passed a new law adding a third gender—nonbinary—to state-issued identification. The Gender Recognition Act (SB …

LGBTQI

A gay wedding cake that wasn’t baked

A cake that wasn’t baked triggered a divisive American debate five years ago, which is now before the top court of the land. The U.S. Supreme Court …

The Supreme Court Doesn't Believe LGBT People Are Real

It's time to get real worried about the U.S. Supreme Court and cakes.<p>The court just heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, in which …

LGBTQI

Partisan Gerrymandering Fight Expanded by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court expanded its review of partisan gerrymandering, agreeing to consider arguments that a Maryland congressional district was …

U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court's ruling on DACA documents a win for Trump administration

In a 5-4 vote Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to withhold documents related to its decision to end the Obama-era DACA program.<p>DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was launched in 2012 to help immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children …

Immigration

Palestinian Officials Refuse Meeting With US Vice President

By Daoud Kuttab*<p>Palestinian officials have said they will not be meeting with any US officials in the near future, including Vice President Mike …

Kim Jong Un Posing With Millions Of Spuds Sparks Photo-Editing Battle

Not a week seems to go by without a snap of Kim Jong Un sparking a fierce so-called “Photoshop Battle” on Reddit.<p>This week is no exception, with an undated photograph of the North Korean dictator posing next to millions of potatoes providing the inspiration.<p>The state-run Korean Central News Agency …

United Nations

CNN’s Day of Total and Disastrous Buffoonery Continued Into the Night

Yesterday was a bad day for CNN. First, they blew a HUGE story – or hugely blew a story I guess – that had to be dramatically corrected.<p>Then, …

Trump Reportedly Asked RNC Chair to Change Her Name

Today in pettiness: Trump, our mature president, reportedly asked current Republican National Committee head Ronna Romney McDaniel to stop using …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Doesn’t Watch Too Much TV, Says Donald Trump

But according to a new report on the Viewer in Chief, that may be debatable.<p><b>Donald Trump</b>, who rode his status as a reality TV personality and cable news regular into the White House, has long had a circular, symbiotic relationship with television. The medium both sustains his need for the public’s …

Donald Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to cut Medicare, punishing a key part of the GOP’s base – older Americans

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and the Republican Party seem intent on punishing a key part of their base – older Americans.<p>Ryan announced Wednesday that in 2018 the Republicans will be ready to put Medicare on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts. And those tax cuts are aimed at corporations …

Social Security

'F**king disgrace': Trump slammed as supporters chant 'lock her up' after he mocked Hillary Clinton

Many mocked Trump and his supporters in light of the recent charges against multiple former aides in special counsel Robert Mueller's …

Elections

Trump Scraps Rules Forcing Airliners To Disclose Baggage Fees

In January, the Obama-era U.S. Department of Transportation laid out a proposal that would’ve required airlines and ticket agencies to disclose …