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Hedge Funds

Marijuana Taxes Swell, Not Up In Smoke After All

Not long ago, Colorado had a disappointing first year of tax collections from marijuana. When one projects one figure, perhaps anything less is a letdown, and the first state to legalize recreational marijuana projected a bonanza. The more skimpy actual numbers lead some to sound the alarm that …

Cannabis

Watch Rachel Maddow Explain Donald Trump's 'Genius' Campaign on Tonight Show

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Government

Why the Bernie Sanders Rally Left Me Heartbroken

This past weekend, at a rally celebrating the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversary of Medicare, two people identifying as Black Lives Matters activists got up on stage to challenge Senator Bernie Sanders on race and racism.<p>The rally was an enormous event -- the culmination …

Middle-class
Middle-class

Major Environmental Group Endorses Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Bid

The first national green group to make an endorsement in the 2016 election just threw its weight behind Bernie Sanders.<p>Announced Saturday afternoon …

Middle-class

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Travel<p>An over-planned vacation is a miserable one. At least most of the time.<p>By Benjy Hansen-Bundy3 days agoView More<p>Style<p>Just ask these rising …

'He's not going away': Here's the fuel behind the Donald Trump rocket ship

After all, his baffled critics argue, Trump is merely a celebrity candidate with a gigantic amount of name recognition being further lifted by the media maelstrom that follows his every tweet, statement, and speech.<p>Rival candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) this week attributed Trump's rise to a …

Donald Trump

Ted Cruz: States not singled out by Supreme Court not bound by gay marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court holds ultimate sway on the laws of the land, yes?<p>Hold on, Ted Cruz said in an interview about the court’s 5-4 decision holding …

Rolling Stone trolls Mike Huckabee: GOP candidate admits he won’t rule out sending in federal troops to stop abortions

“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” he said, noting he might also send in the FBI<p>Former Arkansas Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said at a campaign event on Thursday that he wouldn't rule out deploying federal troops or using the …

Government

What Lindsey Graham Fails to Understand About a War Against Iran

A hawkish senator doesn't apply the lessons of Iraq<p>Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican from South Carolina, used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to stage a theatrical display of his disdain for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.<p>The most telling …

Middle East

Hillary Clinton's campaign just published a scathing, 1,900-word letter attacking The New York Times

Late Thursday night, Clinton's communication director, Jennifer Palmieri, published a nearly 2,000-word open letter to Dean Baquet, the newspaper's executive editor.<p>"I wish to emphasize our genuine wish to have a constructive relationship with The New York Times," Palmieri wrote. "But we also are …

Journalism

Should Body-Cam Footage Always Go Public? It's Complicated

On Wednesday, officials in Hamilton County, Ohio released body-camera footage showing the shooting death of a 43-year-old unarmed black man, Samuel …

Immigration

Congress's Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Cannabis

Can Congress over-ride a Supreme Court decision?

LAST WEEK, in a fit of chutzpah or foolishness, Rick Santorum, a GOP presidential candidate known for his unyielding social conservatism, accepted an …

Rick Santorum

Bernie Sanders explodes a right-wing myth: ‘Open borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the immigration debate is framed exactly wrong.<p>Republicans vilify President Barack Obama for supposedly opening the …

Mark Cuban just praised Donald Trump for being 'the best thing to happen to politics' in recent history

Cuban, writing on his Cyber Dust app, said the Republican presidential candidate was "probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long long time."<p>Trump, a real-estate magnate and television personality, has been at the center of a media firestorm since kicking off his campaign last …

Donald Trump

Jon Stewart conquered Fox News: Essential highlights from “The Daily Show’s” 16 years of truth-telling

The most important American satirist, ever? Take that, Ben Franklin and Mark Twain — Stewart comes in at No. 1<p>As we enter the final run of Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of "The Daily Show," we can expect a pack of top-10 lists to appear. While these lists are certain to offer fans a chance to …

Mark Twain

US TV host's rant against Barack Obama's policy on radical Islam goes viral

A US TV host has become an online sensation after going on a two-minute rant against President Obama's "tip-toe" efforts in the fight against terrorism.<p>Tomi Lahren, host of One America News Network' s On Point with Tomi Lahren, delivers a punchy speech calling out Obama's apparently misguided …

Tomi Lahren

The KKK Stirred Up White-Hot Rage at the South Carolina Statehouse This Weekend

What do you get when you combine the KKK, angry counter-protesters, and a whole lot of Confederate flags?<p><i>All photos by</i> <i>Justin Schmitz</i><p>On Saturday, the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia played host to a fierce rally organized by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a North Carolina–based …

Rights & Freedoms

Ghost of Hillary Clinton Haunts Liberal Convention

For an eclectic snapshot of the Democratic left, look no further than a squat civic building in downtown Phoenix on Friday night. A loud punk band …

Middle-class

Just how black is Bernie Sanders?

Black Twitter was calling Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders “black” on Sunday, and it’s not because of his civil rights pedigree. Well, not exactly.<p>To some politically minded Twitter users, the Bernie Sanders who spoke at Saturday’s Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix did not look …

Member of the 1% Shocks Reddit: ‘I’m Voting for Bernie Sanders. Here’s Why’

A self-described member of the 1 percent shocked the Reddit community on Wednesday with an explanation of why he was voting for the presidential …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders Proves He Can Mess With Texas!

By now we’ve all heard the wishy-washy statements that folks tend to make if they support Bernie Sanders’ policies but don’t feel ready to throw …

Republicans