Gavin Newsom

9 Magazines | 7,511 Articles | 36,889 Followers | 12 Likes | @GavinNewsom | Former SF mayor & 49th Lt. Gov. of California. Dedicated to equal rights & the economic recovery of California. Author of Citizenville, available now: amzn.to/TLXFUF

Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal

<b>Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families.</b><p>Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage.<p>The …

Marriage

AP FACT CHECK: Trump off on how colleges use endowments

BOSTON (AP) — Donald Trump says colleges and universities should be using their endowments to make college more affordable but that too many are using "the money to pay their administrators or put donors' names on buildings or just store the money, keep it and invest it." But that's not exactly how …

Donald Trump

Gov't severs ties with accreditor of for-profit colleges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is withdrawing recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, a decision that could force schools to close and threaten financial aid to hundreds of thousands of students.<p>The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools …

Obama calls for a new global business model to fight climate change

Obama gave his final address to the United Nations on Tuesday, where he discussed how investing in new technologies can help combat climate change, among other issues.<p>He highlighted the need for a "new model" for the global marketplace, one that's both environmentally sustainable and inclusive of …

Climate Change

Rose Pak, a Brash Force for San Francisco’s Chinatown, Dies at 68

Rose Pak, the brash, combative community organizer in San Francisco who never held political office but who transformed her city’s Asian-American population into a substantial political power, died on Sunday at her home there in Chinatown. She was 68.<p>A spokesman for Green Street Mortuary in San …

San Francisco Bay Area

California's shifting demographics are reshaping UC student body

Armando Olea represents the future of the University of California.<p>The incoming UCLA freshman is a top-flight student, earning a 4.2 GPA at his San Diego high school. He’s the son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to attend college.<p>And he’s one of nearly 8,000 more Californians who …

Geography

DiCaprio's 'Before The Flood' a wake-up call on climate change: director

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Turning a blind eye to climate change will come at a price the world can no longer afford to pay, the director of a documentary produced by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio said on Monday.<p>"We can no longer turn a blind eye to the issue of climate change. We are …

Leonardo Dicaprio

California governor backs rules on cow, landfill emissions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that regulates for the first time greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills, an escalation of California's efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants.<p>The move by …

Environment

America's first wave-produced power goes online in Hawaii

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.<p>The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it feeds into Oahu's power grid — the first wave-produced …

Energy

Partisan Lines on Gun Safety Shift ... Subtly

For anyone following gun control (or gun safety) as a political issue, it would be easy to dismiss 2016 as just another year when a whole lot …

Guns

Terry McAuliffe hangs with Willie Nelson -- and his weed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hanging out with Willie Nelson over the weekend has left a cloud around Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, after a photo of McAuliffe and the legendary marijuana-loving musician tweeted by Nelson's wife, Annie Nelson, included a can of "Willie's Reserve" -- Nelson's brand of weed.<p>It's sold in …

Marijuana

Trump distorts Clinton's immigration position in pitch to grieving families

HOUSTON -- Donald Trump promised justice to the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants, as he wrongly claimed that Hillary Clinton wants to "abolish" the country's borders during a speech here Saturday morning.<p>"Hillary Clinton is the first person in history to run for the presidency …

Immigration

'Entourage' star Grenier lends star power to ocean preservation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After spending eight years on the HBO television hit "Entourage," a show that promoted conspicuous consumption and immediate gratification, actor and ocean conservation advocate Adrian Grenier is now promoting the exact opposite: a "wholistic lifestyle and culture change," where …

Oceans

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway.<p>Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP's early …

Energy

The Latest: Clinton campaign protests Trump comment on guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):<p>9:45 p.m.<p>Hillary Clinton's campaign is protesting what it calls Donald Trump's "pattern of inciting people to violence."<p>The campaign is reacting to remarks Trump made at a rally in Florida Friday night, when he called for …

Donald Trump

Mexico president following California marijuana vote: state lawmaker

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has proposed liberalizing his country's drug laws, privately asked California lawmakers visiting Mexico about a state measure to legalize recreational marijuana, a state legislator said on Thursday.<p>A delegation of California …

Marijuana

Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he created the first monument in the Atlantic Ocean because the planet cannot be protected without trying to safeguard the oceans.<p>Obama announced the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument while he attended at a State Department …

Environment

Missouri legislators expand gun rights in defiance of law enforcement concerns

Missouri lawmakers pushed through several laws to expand gun rights in the state Wednesday night, overriding the veto of governor Jay Nixon,who said the move would make citizens less safe.<p>The new legislation allowsstate residents to conceal a firearm without a permit. The law also establishes a …

Rights & Freedoms

The Question Some Public Universities Will No Longer Ask

Dozens of higher education institutions in New York state will stop asking applicants whether they have past criminal convictions.<p>The trustees of the State University of New York voted on Wednesday to completely remove long-standing questions about past felony convictions from its general …

Higher Education

Maureen Dowd: 'I knew everyone would make fun of me' for getting too high on marijuana edibles

Maureen Dowd knew the internet would make fun of her getting too high on legal pot in Colorado, but she didn't care.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist said she often doesn't mind being the protagonist in her own columns so long as her personal stories provide insight to readers she …

Cannabis

California gov preserves 'tampon' tax, comes under fire from female lawmakers

California Gov. Jerry Brown is under fire from female lawmakers after he rejected legislation Tuesday that would waive sales tax on tampons and diapers, along with a host of other tax breaks that would have pulled in up to $300 million a year.<p>Lawmakers had sought to make California the latest state …

Tampons

California governor vetoes bill to repeal tampon tax

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products, angering women and advocates who call the taxes unjust.<p>Brown, a Democrat, cited imperatives of fiscal restraint and viable revenue streams in blocking the …

Tampons

NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Events From North Carolina, Citing Transgender Law

The NCAA announced Monday evening that it would relocate seven championship sporting events out of North Carolina during this school year, citing the state's HB2 law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT individuals, WUNC's Dave DeWitt reports.<p>The events moving out of state include first and …

Law

One of North Carolina's most prestigious universities is backing the NCAA boycott

Duke University has expressed support for the NCAA's decision to pull postseason sporting events out of North Carolina, according to a statement by the university.<p>The NCAA announced Monday that it would relocate seven championship events scheduled in North Carolina because of HB2, the state's " …

American South

As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain

Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal, like alcohol, for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know – and don't know – about marijuana's effect on the brain.<p>Research is scarce. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies marijuana as a Schedule I …

Cannabis

Last-minute change in who can grow medical pot in Maryland spurs complaints

The medical-marijuana regulator was worried. None of the 15 companies slated to be approved to grow cannabis were from key swaths of southern and southeastern Maryland even though state law calls for “geographic diversity” in authorizing growers.<p>Commissioner Buddy Robshaw, a longtime law …

Marijuana

11 states are considering a law that could transform how the US prevents gun violence

Violent crime is going down in America, but the problem of gun-related murders is still very real.<p>A study released earlier this year by the American Journal of Medicine found that Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries.<p>And the suicide rate, …

Gun Control

Animated map of what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

We learned last year that many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.<p>As National Geographic …

Maps

Bill McKibben

Joe Ware<p>8th September, 2016<p>The irrepressible Bill McKibben, and the movement he founded - 350.org - have been behind two of the biggest climate …

Environment

A new pot breathalyzer is on its way but many debate its effectiveness

Researchers from Stanford University have developed a "potalyzer," a device that can detect levels of THC in a human to determine if a driver is too impaired to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis.<p>According to a press release from Stanford, the device was developed using …

Marijuana