Gavin Newsom

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College Freshmen Are More Politically Engaged Than They Have Been In Decades

A new survey that captures the attitudes of 2015 college freshmen shows unprecedented levels of interest in both political engagement and student …


Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of developers and lobbyists to discussions on the mundane inner …


Checking Ted Cruz's climate science denial clangers

I have no clue how many climate science denial myths a Republican presidential candidate can fit onto the head of a pin, but given these zingers are generally huge it’s probably not that many.

But we do now have some clue how many myths one of those candidates, Senator Ted Cruz, can fit into an …


Poll: Americans supportive but skeptical on Obama's gun action

(CNN) — The American public is broadly supportive of the executive actions issued by President Barack Obama this week aimed at increasing the reach of federal background checks for gun purchases and improving enforcement of existing laws.

However, less than half say that these changes will be …

Gun Control

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Appalled by Marc Andreessen’s Appalling Comments About India

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not at all thrilled with his company’s longtime board member Marc Andreessen. Not. One. Bit.

That’s because Andreessen stuck his foot in his mouth late Tuesday night when, while philosophizing on Twitter, he compared Facebook’s Free Basics service in India to …


W.Va. House OKs Bill Letting People Carry Concealed Guns Without A Permit

By more than a 2-1 ratio, lawmakers in West Virginia's House of Delegates have approved a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed handguns without a permit. The only concealed-carry permits would be for people who are 18-21 years old.

Urging her colleagues to approve the bill, its …

West Virginia

Australia Is Pushing to Legalize Marijuana Growth for Medical Research

The legislation in question does not address recreational use

Australia is set to introduce legislation that will legalize the licensed growth of marijuana for medical-research purposes.

The bill before Australia’s parliament will amend half-century-old drug regulations to create a licensing program …


Gun-rights advocates urge NRA to remove Ted Nugent from board over 'anti-Semitic' outburst

Gun owners are pressuring the National Rifle Association to boot longtime board member Ted Nugent from the organization's leadership ranks after the rock star's social media outburst that depicted prominent American Jews as the men and women "really behind gun control."

Nugent, an outspoken Second …

Ted Nugent

Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A terse letter from Andrew Clyde's credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business "no longer met our underwriting guidelines." In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too.

After …


What are the economic consequences of climate change?

In a paper recently published in Nature, Marshall Burke, Solomon Hsiang, and Edward Miguel, economists based at Stanford and the University of …


Tommy Chong on Why He Supports Bernie: Weed, Basically

Sanders is the only candidate who's called for the decriminalization of marijuana — a personal issue for Chong

He laughs it off, but the last seven months have been rough for Tommy Chong. He's been battling cancer that recurred in June after three years of remission. "The good part about my health …


Debate Moderators: It's Time to Ask Democratic Candidates About LGBT Rights

LGBT discrimination didn't magically end when America got marriage equality

At last week's Democratic town hall in Iowa, Duke University student Brian Carlson asked then candidate Martin O'Malley, "What will you do to assure full federal LGBT equality?"

This was noteworthy because in the three …

Same-sex Marriage

This is what gun ownership looks like around the world

“We know we can’t stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try and stop one act of evil, one act of …

University of Washington

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quits 2016 GOP presidential race

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Self-styled Washington outsider Rand Paul dropped his struggling Republican campaign for president Wednesday and is returning to the Senate to run for re-election.

Vowing to continue his drive for less-intrusive government and more restrained foreign policy, Paul, low on …

Rand Paul

L.A. prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors filed criminal charges against the Southern California Gas company on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near the city that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October.

The four misdemeanor charges accuse SoCalGas, a division of San …

Los Angeles

Ahead of vote on cannabis clubs, future of pot legalization in D.C. is shaky

When aging Grateful Dead members and their fans broke into song at Verizon Center late last year, a cloud of marijuana smoke rose from the audience. Under D.C. law, the collective exhale constituted more than enough for Mayor Muriel E. Bowser to swoop in and shut down the city’s marquee sports …


New High: Legal Marijuana Sales Hit $5.4 Billion for 2015

Legal U.S. pot sales soared to $5.4 billion for 2015, up 17.4 percent from $4.6 billion in 2014, according to data released Monday by the ArcView Group, which tracks the cannabis markets.

The figures include medical and adult consumer sales. However, the annual gain was largely fueled by the …


Push to legalize recreational pot use in Maine takes step forward

FALMOUTH, Maine (Reuters) - An effort to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maine took a step forward on Monday when activists said they had gathered sufficient signatures to earn their proposal a spot on the state's ballot this November.

David Boyer, of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like …


Facebook limits gun sales

Facebook is taking steps to block people from using its platform for private gun sales, the social network announced Friday night.

Under the new policy, users will no longer be allowed to post advertisements for guns unless they are licensed firearms dealers. Facebook already blocks users from …


Environmental group says reaches accord to stop offshore fracking in California

(Reuters) - A conservation group said the federal government must stop approving offshore fracking from oil platforms in California's Santa Barbara Channel under the settlement of a lawsuit it filed.

The group, the Center for Biological Diversity, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los …


Republicans might as well deny climate change if they don't plan to address it

Let’s call it the non-denial denial. Some Republican presidential candidates are beginning to peer out from behind the wall of climate denial that has defined the party as long as Barack Obama has been in the White House. Finally, it seems, the most open expressions of climate denial – such as …

Climate Change

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.

"In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill, right along with the three …

Computer Science

The NRA Strikes Back in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announces a bipartisan compromise with state legislators that gun-control advocates abhor.

One month ago, Virginia became a sudden and shining example of progress for the gun-control movement. The state’s Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, announced that Virginia …


Clinton takes on Sanders over guns, to appear with Giffords

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — As the Iowa caucuses draw near, Democrat Hillary Clinton is highlighting rival Bernie Sanders' votes against tougher gun restrictions.

Her presidential campaign says Clinton will appear Saturday in Ames, Iowa, with Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from …

Bernie Sanders

Facebook moves to ban private gun sales

Facebook will ban the private sale of guns on its social network as well as on Instagram, the company said Friday.

The move comes as the White House has increased pressure on the company to address the popular use of its platforms to promote and advertise firearms for sale, often as a way to evade …


Virginia lawmakers reach bipartisan deal on gun issues

RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal on Friday that would rescind the attorney general’s decision to stop honoring permits for concealed weapons issued by 25 states in exchange for concessions from Republican supporters of gun ownership rights.

The move last month …


Missouri lawmakers consider concealed weapons on college campuses

Missouri lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses -- drawing sharp criticism from opponents who claim the measure would make places of higher education less safe.

A Senate committee began hearing testimony Wednesday on a bill that would only allow campuses …

Higher Education

Gabby Giffords to Campaign With Hillary Clinton

DES MOINES, IOWA - Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords will campaign with Hillary Clinton this weekend, joining the Democratic frontrunner's army of surrogates making a final push in the Hawkeye state before the caucuses on Monday.

Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will appear …

Hillary Clinton

California Governor Brown backs sentencing reform plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday threw his support behind a proposal to give judges greater discretion on whether minors should be tried as adults in California courts.

The measure, which would go before voters in November if enough signatures are gathered to put it …

Jerry Brown

The head of a domestic violence prevention organization says that gun control could have a huge impact

Ruth Glenn, a survivor of domestic abuse herself, is the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The issue of stopping domestic violence is complicated, but she told INSIDER that one simple change could have a huge impact.

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