Gavin Newsom

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Pot Twist: Some marijuana activists urge 'no' vote on legalization

SACRAMENTO – As voters consider marijuana-legalization efforts in several states this November, they can expect opposition from the usual pot opponents like law-enforcement groups and anti-drug activists – but some of the most ardent foes come, unexpectedly, from within the marijuana community …

Marijuana

Students are launching what could be the largest anti-gun protest in Texas history using sex toys

Students at the University of Texas launched a massive protest Wednesday against state campus carry laws using sex toys, Dallas News reported.<p>Dubbed #CocksNotGlocks, the anti-gun demonstration could be the biggest in Texas history and aims to criticize the perceived irony that sex toys are …

American South

Second Amendment backers arm up with ink and paper to battle California's 'Gunmageddon'

Barry Bahrami went from incredulous to angry last month when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a batch of firearms control laws known collectively as “Gunmageddon.”<p>Then, the San Diego-based CEO became determined to fight back against the laws, which take aim at so-called assault weapons, enforce …

Second Amendment

The 50 best colleges in America

What makes a college great? They provide a quality education and graduate students on time, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.<p>Business Insider's 2016 …

Research Triangle

Beautiful Blue Lakes In East Antarctica Send A Worrying Message About Climate Change

This isn't the first time they've been spotted<p>Thousands of blue lakes are appearing on an ice sheet in East Antarctica and scientists know it is bad news.<p>A team of researchers in the UK have been using satellite imaging to track the appearance of over 8000 meltwater lakes on the Langhovde …

Climate Change

Climate change has opened up a direct route from the Pacific to the Atlantic

Sorry, Panama Canal. You are no longer the only waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.For hundreds of years, European explorers sought …

Climate Change

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration Protections For Transgender People

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor issued the preliminary injunction sought by Texas and 10 other states who sued the Obama administration over its transgender rules.<p>A federal judge in Texas has blocked the Obama administration’s federal policies protecting transgender students and workers, …

Obama administration

10 heartbreaking stories from gun-violence survivors in America

In 2015, over 13,000 people in the US were killed by firearms — but an even more staggering number is those who have survived shootings: 26,819.<p>After experiencing an armed robbery in her own home, photographer Kathy Shorr was changed forever.<p>"The emotional impact of a gun pointed at you is a …

South Carolina

A Hillary Clinton Loss Would Hobble Gun Reform, Says Connecticut Senator

'If Donald Trump wins, it will be a pretty dramatic setback'<p>Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy does not shy away from the fact that guns on are on the national ballot this November.<p>“If Donald Trump wins, it will be a pretty dramatic setback,” says Murphy, who has emerged as the Democratic Party’s most …

2016 U.S. Elections

Transgender Bathroom Access to Extend to All Federal Buildings

The agency that oversees thousands of federal building nationwide is issuing a notice declaring that transgender employees and visitors must be allowed to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.<p>The notice, to be published Thursday in the Federal Register, applies to the more than 9,000 …

Bathrooms

Gun rights group protests assault weapons 'crackdown' by Massachusetts AG

Gun rights advocates in Massachusetts are turning up the heat against the state’s attorney general, who they say potentially made thousands of citizens “felons in waiting” with her recent enforcement notice that changed the legal definition of assault weapons.<p>The latest rally by gun rights …

Gun rights

New Trump campaign chief once made case to legalize undocumented immigrants

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's new campaign manager once made the case to Republicans that the party should embrace a comprehensive immigration bill and legal status for undocumented immigrants -- differing sharply with the GOP candidate's hardline stance on the issue.<p>Kellyanne Conway, who was named …

2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Reid Not Sold on Recreational Marijuana Use

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he would not vote in favor of recreational marijuana use today and needed to know more about the …

Harry Reid

Navy names ship after gay rights advocate Harvey Milk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy for four years before he began a career in San Francisco city government.<p>Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the decision to name the ship, which is one of a new fleet of …

Harvey Milk

Keeping Faith Without Hurting LGBT Students

Some conservative Christian colleges do not let young people be in same-sex relationships. The government should keep allowing this, but schools also have an obligation to be more empathetic.<p>Creating and sustaining a religious community is essential to the educational mission of Christian colleges …

Religion

Greens fret over Colorado fracking fight

A proposed referendum on oil and gas drilling could divide Democrats, put Hillary Clinton in a bind and hit environmentalists with a demoralizing defeat.<p>Two anti-fracking measures proposed for Colorado’s November ballot threaten to split the state’s Democrats and put Hillary Clinton in a tough spot …

Colorado

California lawmaker to float zero emission vehicle bill

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California lawmaker next week will introduce a bill requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in California be emissions-free by 2025, a spokesperson said on Friday.<p>Assemblywoman Autumn Burke said the legislation will help ensure that California's current target of 1.5 …

California

Hillary Clinton Campaign Says She Would Reschedule Marijuana

Making weed easier to research<p>Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to reschedule marijuana if she is elected in November, according to a statement issued by the campaign.<p>While the Drug Enforcement Administration denied a petition early Thursday to remove marijuana from its …

Marijuana

DEA punts on pot, keeps classification on par with heroin

The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday rejected calls to relax a nearly five decade-classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug on par with heroin and ecstasy, dealing a blow to pro-legalization advocates and the budding pot industry.<p>The DEA, in making its long-awaited announcement, …

Conservative News

Medical Marijuana Won’t Become Legal Anytime Soon

A recent notice from the Drug Enforcement Administration denies a petition to have the drug accepted for medical use at the federal level.<p>The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Thursday that it would reject petitions to reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II drug or lower. As a Schedule I …

Medicine

The DEA has taken in millions of dollars in asset seizures over the past decade

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has seized at least $209 million from 5,200 Americans at airports and Amtrak train stations over the past decade, USA Today reported on Wednesday.<p>The DEA has used an extensive network of travel-industry informants to monitor US travelers — then it pulls passengers …

Amtrak

The DEA made a big decision on marijuana, but it wasn't the one everyone was hoping for

The US Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Thursday morning that it won't change the federal legal status of marijuana.<p>Marijuana is classified federally as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), meaning that it has no currently accepted medical use and a high …

Medical Marijuana

US government won't reclassify marijuana, allows research

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has decided marijuana will remain on the list of most-dangerous drugs, fully rebuffing growing support across the country for broad legalization, but said it will allow more research into its medical uses.<p>The decision to expand research into marijuana's …

U.S. Government

DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping the drug for now, at least, in the most restrictive category for U.S. law enforcement purposes.<p>Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg …

Liberal News

Here's what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say about marijuana

2016 could go down as the year that completely reshapes the marijuana industry.<p>In November, residents in at least eight states, and perhaps more, will be voting on whether or not to legalize recreational or medical marijuana. Currently, 25 states have legalized medical marijuana, while four, along …

Donald Trump

Courting coal country, Trump vows to put miners back to work

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump sat down with coal miners Wednesday and promised to put them back to work, seeking to strengthen his appeal in parts of the country hit hard by the natural gas boom and the shift away from dirtier fossil fuels.<p>A day after sparking a fresh and unwanted campaign …

Donald Trump

Sandy Hook daughter: Trump comments 'distasteful' and 'not presidential'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's comments regarding the Second Amendment and Hillary Clinton struck Erica Smegielski -- the daughter of Sandy Hook's slain principal -- as "distasteful" and "not presidential," she said Wednesday.<p>On Tuesday, the Republican presidential nominee told a crowd in North Carolina …

Donald Trump

This is Donald Trump at his lowest yet: a man hinting at murder

Donald Trump has long held that Hillary Clinton is stealing the election. But on Tuesday he suggested something even darker and more sinister: that his supporters resolve the issue with guns.<p>Specifically, he suggested that using the constitutional right to bear arms may be the only way to stop …

Donald Trump

Firestorm as Trump says gun-rights backers can stop Clinton

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump said Tuesday that Second Amendment advocates might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton from rolling back gun rights if she's elected, setting off a political firestorm as Democrats quickly accused him of encouraging violence against his opponent.<p>Speaking at a …

Donald Trump

DEA: Marijuana grow operations may be 'the new meth houses'

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is taking aim at Colorado's marijuana industry.<p>In a June report — titled "Residential Marijuana Grows in Colorado: The New Meth Houses?" the DEA criticized the proliferation of large-scale marijuana grow operations in residential neighborhoods.<p>These growers are …

Marijuana