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6 key takeaways from the GOP memo alleging FBI bias in the Russia investigation

By Amber Phillips<p>Amber Phillips<p>Reporter for The Fix covering Congress, statehouses<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Republicans claim that when the FBI got a secret court order to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the election, it relied “extensively” on information from a politically motivated …

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Congress Puts Cannabis Industry On High Alert, Blocking A Vote

Congress has once again put the cannabis industry on pins and needles. On Wednesday night, the U.S. House Rules Committee blocked a floor vote to keep in place the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr). This amendment blocks the Justice Department from using federal …

Second Amendment case Peruta vs. California may be heading to Supreme Court

The Second Amendment is only 27 words, but Americans have used millions of words arguing over what it means. It guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” But which people, what arms, and under what circumstances?<p>Two milestone cases involving the Second Amendment that reached the …

Doxxed Trump donors have an unlikely defender in this Democratic congressional candidate

By Callum Borchers<p>Callum Borchers<p>Reporter who covered the intersection of politics and media<p>Bio Follow<p>Brianna Wu felt so aggrieved by President Trump's victory in November that on Inauguration Day she launched a 2018 congressional campaign in Massachusetts' 8th District.<p>“If this were just another …

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Who’s the new drug czar? Here is what he means for marijuana

<b>Can you smoke pot and work undercover, some wonder? (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)</b><p>Trump taps Pennsylvania Congressman Marino to head up the Office of National Drug Control Policy<p>Al Olson<p>April 23, 2017 10:30am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.<p>After months of speculation, President …

No Pre-emptive Court Veto but Judicial Review

This action by the Constitutional Convention wasn’t a rejection of judicial review.<p>Theodore Furchtgott’s letter (April 8) claiming that James Madison’s Constitutional Convention notes prove that the Convention rejected the idea of judicial review is wrong.<p>Madison’s notes aren’t a new discovery. All …

California, Nevada, and Massachusetts Just Voted Yes on Legal Weed

This post will be updated.<p><b>Updated 11/8/16:</b> California became the first of four states to vote to legalize recreational marijuana on Election Day. Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts followed in California's lead, also legalizing weed for recreational use. Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota …

How Chicago Police Convinced Courts to Let Them Track Cellphones Without a Warrant

The Chicago Police Department has acquired and used several varieties of advanced cellphone trackers since at least 2005 to target suspects in …

Marijuana Could Be the Answer to Curing Alzheimer's Disease, Study Shows

Image source: Getty Images.<p>The statistics associated with Alzheimer's disease are downright depressing.<p>The disease, which typically affects the elderly and is characterized by a progressive decline in cognitive function, currently afflicts 5.4 million Americans, and the Alzheimer's Association …

Reducing the Painkiller Supply Could Make America's Opioid Problem Even Deadlier

We know from a century of prohibition that cutting down the supply of a desired drug tends to encourage stronger, shadier alternatives.<p><b>Get the VICE App on iOS and Android.</b><p>In an unprecedented move intended to help ease America's opioid overdose epidemic, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sent a letter to …

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Monday we celebrated our presidential democracy. Juan Linz thinks that’s mistaken.

By Dylan Matthews<p>Juan Linz is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Science at Yale University, where he holds appointments in the departments of sociology and political science. He is famous for his work comparing styles of authoritarian and totalitarian governance, and, since the …

Looser restrictions on marijuana are very likely coming — just not this week

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) won’t reschedule marijuana after all, dashing a lot of pot legalization advocates’ hopes on Wednesday. But in all the talk about marijuana’s schedule and the disappointment people are feeling, one thing is getting lost: The DEA made other changes that could …

Bernie Bit the Cronies, and They Bit Back

Senator Bernie Sanders went after cronyism…and the cronies struck back. We all suspected it, but thanks to a Wikileaks data dump, now we KNOW it<p>From …

Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing

Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More …

Trump's books reveal there is so much more beneath the insults he hurls

<i>The Art of the Deal</i>, Trump’s most famous book, wants you to think it's a guide to, well, "the art of the deal." And it does describe how he made a slew of deals, as the book is more or less an autobiography of Trump’s life through 1987. It walks you through his "humble" beginnings in Brooklyn, his …

Joshua J. Whitfield: How to vote morally when both candidates are immoral

Since the early days of French liberation, Albert Camus had been critical of Nazi collaborators, all of them, but not least Christians. The brilliant …

Watch a Short Animation on What “Kafkaesque” Really Means

TedEd Writer Noah Tavlin Defines the Often Misused Term<p>Last year, TedEd writer Noah Tavlin helped clear up what — precisely — the term “Orwellian” …

Libertarian nominee calls Trump a racist

Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, also pointed to Trump telling a woman in New Hampshire last week that he would look into her suggestion to replace hijab-wearing Muslim women working for the Transportation Security Administration with military veterans, thought it wasn't clear whether …

ACLU challenges federal hacking law hampering research into online discrimination

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General alleging that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is unconstitutional, and as a consequence is preventing critical research into discrimination online.<p>In particular, it’s the provision of the CFAA that prohibits any action that “exceeds …

UK students: we woke up feeling betrayed this morning

Oxford, UK — Gloom and disillusionment rippled across the Oxford University campus today, as students woke up to not only their final exams, but to news that the British electorate voted to separate from the EU, that their prime minister had resigned over the so-called "Brexit," and that their …

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Extreme Conventions: San Francisco, 1964, and Cleveland, 2016

In the aftermath of the 1964 Republican National Convention, in San Francisco, it wasn’t hard to assess the damage that the gathering had done to the Party and to its nominee, Senator Barry Goldwater, of Arizona. It had been an awful Convention, and its worst moments had been on television. One bad …

Does The Surveillance And Security State Make Us Safer?

Yesterday, fellow <i>Forbes</i> contributor Kashmir Hill pointed out that there are giant problems with the NSA’s Utah data center. This is a bad thing, …

How We Think About Privacy Matters

Privacy isn’t everything. But it also isn’t nothing.<p>What is privacy?<p>Like the Aristotelian conception of the “good life,” privacy is a notoriously …

Stop Blaming the Media for Trump

Voters, not the press, decide elections.<p>On Wednesday, the <i>Washington Post</i>'s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, declared that Donald Trump "has benefited from oodles...of free exposure in the media." Another <i>Post</i> columnist, Dana Milbank, proposed that the media impose a Trump blackout in retaliation …

HUFFPOLLSTER: Nate Silver Gives 2016 Primary Polling Mixed Reviews

FiveThirtyEight’s new pollster ratings highlight recent controversies in the field over internet polling.<p><i>FiveThirtyEight’s grades for pollsters raise questions about the role of methodology. A majority of Americans say Donald Trump would be better for the economy than Hillary Clinton. And those who</i> …

The Progressive Case for Hillary Clinton’s Incrementalism

You gotta love Bernie Sanders. He came from nowhere, a socialist, of all things, and managed to give Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic …

Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a 'public service'

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents.<p>"We can certainly argue about the way in …

Is Hillary Clinton 'uniquely vulnerable' to Donald Trump?

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> Is Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "uniquely vulnerable" to the unconventional candidacy of likely Republican opponent Donald Trump? One of America's veteran political analysts thinks she is.<p>"Of all of the Democratic possibilities that might have run, I think she's uniquely …

Preview: David Axelrod, episode #8.5 of Private

Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive Democratic nominee – and David Axelrod has some pretty unique insight into what that looks like. That’s …

President Obama offers hearty endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Rachel Maddow looks back at some past presidential endorsements and their attendant political drama and reports on President Obama's endorsement …