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Washington D.C. pot arrests at near zero after legalization - Smell the Truth

After one full year of legalizing cannabis in the nation’s capital, arrests for marijuana possession have dropped to single digits.

Data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department shows that they have conducted only seven arrests for marijuana possession this year, dropping a staggering 99.2 …


Medical-grade cannabis party prepped for San Francisco - Smell the Truth

Tis the season to be suspiciously too jolly.

After all, California successfully regulated medical marijuana this year. And in places like San Francisco, cannabis is legal in everything but name.

Formally kicking off the heady holiday season is San Francisco’s longest-running, patient-focused pot …


California school textbooks seen as spineless on climate change

Science textbooks in California schools — including in San Francisco and Oakland — are wishy-washy when it comes to climate change, offering middle school students caveats and conditional language that downplay the scientific consensus on the warming of the planet, according to a Stanford …

Climate Change

Sanders outlines plan to overhaul immigration laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed Tuesday to create a "humane" immigration system and said if elected he would expand upon President Barack Obama's executive actions within the first 100 days of assuming the presidency.

The Vermont senator said he would allow …


Five charged in $600 million California health care fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a California hospital and four other people have been charged in a series of health care kickback schemes that generated nearly $600 million in fraudulent billings for spinal surgeries, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

All five defendants …


Clinton says her use of term 'illegal immigrant' was a 'poor choice of words'

Boulder, Colorado (CNN) — Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that her use of the term "illegal immigrant" at a town hall in New Hampshire earlier this month was a "poor choice of words."

"That was a poor choice of words," Clinton wrote during a Facebook chat. "As I've said throughout this campaign, the …


The Building Blocks of Customer-Centric Government

By the end of this decade, governments at all levels have an opportunity to dramatically change the nature of their interactions with citizens. The …


Democrats push to prevent gun sales to terror-list suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats are hoping that public anxieties about security will help them build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects.

The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights …


Paul Ryan Balks Over Blocking Gun Sales To People On Terror Watch List

"We are just beginning this process of reassessing all of our security stances."

WASHINGTON (AP) — People on the U.S. government's terrorist watch list often can't board commercial airliners, but they can walk into a gun store and legally buy pistols and powerful military-style rifles.

Sensing a …

Paul Ryan

Bill Cosby’s honorary degree at Cal Poly Pomona revoked

The California State University is the latest school to revoke a degree awarded to actor-comedian Bill Cosby, with officials saying it is the first time in school history the board of trustees voted to take back such an honor.

In a closed session Wednesday, the board decided it would rescind the …

Bill Cosby

The Challenge of Being Gay, Married, and Mormon

New Church rules have exacerbated members' anxieties over the place of same-sex couples and their children in the Latter-day Saint community.

On November 5, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quietly changed a handbook that is available only to Church leaders. …


Hillary Clinton blasts Congress for not voting on gun bill

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton faulted leaders in the House and Senate on Thursday for not allowing a vote on a bill that would make it illegal for people on the government's no-fly list to legally buy guns.

Clinton -- speaking in New York at the Brady Bear Awards Gala at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun …


Study finds more Mexicans leaving the US than coming

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.

The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families, including American-born …


Massive El Niño gains strength, likely to drench key California drought zone

One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California areas that provide water for the rest of the state, according to a new forecast.

There are better odds that the area around Lake Oroville, …

California Drought

Who Needs Syria? We've Got Our Own Mass Murderers Here at Home.

William Hudson shot six people to death over a land dispute, because this is America.

Six people were shot to death over the weekend in a place called Palestine.

Did you read much about it? No. Because this Palestine is in Texas, and because it was just another example of the price we are expected to …


Renewables are changing the climate narrative from sacrifice to opportunity

Accelerating signs of climate change and rising global temperatures are perhaps more pressing here in the Middle East, where the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) is headquartered, than anywhere else on the planet.

Record-breaking temperatures made global headlines this year and a recent …


Chilling images show how sea level rise will affect cities around the world

The images show major cities, including London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Rio de Janiero, Durban, and New York City, flooded with water, submerging streets …


Is university worth the cost?

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” So said Benjamin …


Sarah Palin: Legalizing Weed Is 'No Big Deal'

"I look on the national scene and think, wow, of all things to be fighting over and battling over."

Supporters of marijuana legalization may have an unlikely ally: Sarah Palin.

Breaking with many members of her party who oppose legalizing marijuana, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice …

Sarah Palin

Senate Democrats want to know why American toddlers keep shooting people

Citing a recent Washington Post story on the number of toddlers who have shot people with guns this year, a group of 20 Senate Democrats on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Wednesday called on the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on gun safety, "including the …

Public Health

The Clash Over the Paris Climate Talks

Discord in Congress highlights the challenge for the U.S. of confronting global warming.

Diplomats will descend on Paris at the end of November for United Nations climate talks that could prove pivotal in the fight against global warming. President Obama has labored to show that the U.S. is serious …

Climate Change

Slow U.S. tuition growth is 'new normal' for higher education: Moody's

(Reuters) - U.S. universities and colleges should expect to see sluggish tuition growth next year, according to a report released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service.

Higher education institutions suffered the weakest tuition growth in the history of Moody's survey last year. Such sluggishness …

Higher Education

Joe Biden Passionate at Summit on Climate Change on Road to the UN Summit in Paris 2015

Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, gave passionate closing remarks at the Summit on Climate Change and the road Through Paris, on Monday the 19th of October, at the White House. The event was in preparation for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, in …


California budget reserves to top $11.5 billion: watchdog

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California budget reserves are expected to come in at $11.5 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year, beating a previous estimate by $3.6 billion, thanks to higher tax revenues and a growing economy, a state budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday.

"California's state budget is …

San Francisco Bay Area

October 2015: Earth's Warmest Month on Record by a Huge Margin | Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog

Earth’s surface temperature has surged high into uncharted territory, thanks to a record-strength El Niño event combined with the long-term rise in …


The Clean-Energy Revolution Gathers Speed

Less polluting energy sources are proliferating in the U.S. If other nations join in, the results could have global impact


The NRA Thinks Everyone Deserves a Gun, Including Terrorists

The gun lobby opposes closing a loophole allowing suspected terrorists to buy guns.

Oh, look: It's another teachable moment.

Cue the NRA. Cut them campaign checks, fellas.

A legal loophole allows suspected terrorists on the government's no-fly list to legally buy guns, but a bill to fix that will …


The Vicious Cycle Emerging Between War and Severe Weather Will Be Hard To Stop

The world has changed a lot in the past 12 months, with political conflict focusing the world on immediate crises, not the distant future. But a …

International Relations

Heat Records Shatter as a Monster El Nino Gathers Strength

This has been by far the hottest year on record, and the thermometer just keeps rising. Blame climate change and a merciless El Nino, which is still …


Trump: ISIS Is Using The Internet Better Than The U.S. Government

“We developed the internet, right? And we’re the best in the world at it. And we don’t have the right people — we have political hacks in charge of programs.”

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that ISIS is using the internet better than the US government.

“They’re using the internet better than we use …