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Oregon To Begin Recreational Marijuana Sales Early

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Oregon adults will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana beginning Oct. 1, about a year earlier than had been expected.

Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a law on Tuesday allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in existing medical marijuana dispensaries, starting just three …

Marijuana

Huckabee Openly Backs A Path To Citizenship – When He’s Not Running For President

Mike Huckabee has, in the past, supported a pathway to citizenship or legal status for undocumented immigrants. He just doesn’t want to talk about it when he is running for president.

In April, during the lead up to the launch of his presidential bid, Mike Huckabee’s political action committee …

Immigration

Robert Gates, America's Unlikely Gay-Rights Hero

The former secretary of defense lobbied for the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and has now ended the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters.

Eagle Scout. Young Republican. CIA recruit. Air Force officer. CIA director. Secretary of defense.

It’s not the resume of a radical civil-rights campaigner, …

Robert Gates

Reno mayor apologizes for LGBT flag replacing American flag above city hall

The mayor of Reno, Nev., reportedly apologized after the American flag was replaced atop city hall with an LGBT flag.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Mayor Hillary Schieve had asked that the rainbow pride flag be hung at city hall during gay pride events over the weekend.

But in the process of …

LGBT

The Debate Over Free Community College

New programs in Oregon and Tennessee face praise and scrutiny about which students they actually benefit.

This fall, Cesar Sanchez, 18, will do something he never thought possible.

He’ll enroll at Southwest Tennessee Community College through a state program called Tennessee Promise, which lets …

College & University

Worse than '97-98?! New El Niño growing into monster

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

The broad swath of warmer-than-usual seawater is spreading and deepening. The two largest concentrations are off the coast of Peru, where water is 4 degrees …

Weather

Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect …

LGBT

Mormon Church to ‘Re-Evaluate’ Relationship After Boy Scouts End Gay Ban

The Church says its relationship with the Scouts "will need to be examined"

The Boy Scouts of America’s decision on Monday to lift a ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees has “deeply troubled” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that institution announced.

The church has had a …

LGBT

Renewable energy expense attacked as Australia gifts $41 billion to fossil fuels

But not discussed nearly as much was what our current energy supply, which is largely coal dominated, may also be costing us.

The policy wonks at the …

Business (Australia)

Top 10 Global Warming Lies

Editor’s note: As a special feature this month, Environment & Climate News is publishing an article by Heartland Senior Fellow James Taylor rebutting

Global Warming

Boy Scouts Expected to Lift Ban on Gay Adult Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America could begin allowing gay adult leaders into its ranks Monday, when the group's executive board considers a resolution seeking to overturn its longstanding ban on sexual orientation.

The resolution was approved earlier this month by the Boy Scouts' national executive …

LGBT

A Quiet Triumph for Gay Workers

There may not have been much fanfare, but last week’s decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was hugely important.

Gay Americans can now get married in the morning and then, in the afternoon, just for being gay, their employers can fire them. Is doing so legal? Up until last week, …

Gay Rights

Global Warming Could Make Carbon Dating Impossible

The technique is used to determine the age of organic artifacts in fields like archaeology, geology, and ecology. But it could become unreliable within decades.

Since the 1940s, scientists have used carbon dating to determine the age of fossils, identify vintages of wine and whiskey, and explore …

Carbon

Will Congress Protect Gay Rights Beyond Marriage?

Democrats propose sweeping new protections against discrimination, as some Republicans back a bill that would apply to employment and housing.

For gay-rights advocates, if there was any conceivable downside to their definitive victory at the Supreme Court last month, it was the sense of finality …

Marriage

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago, students with disabilities are still punished at disproportionate rates.

A quarter-century ago, on July 26, 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act to give people with disabilities equal access to services …

Education

An Ambiguous Victory for Gay Rights in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights says Italy must recognize same-sex unions. Will the ruling reverberate across the continent?

L’amore vince. Sort of. This week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy that Italy is obligated to legally recognize …

Europe

Carbon-tax initiative divides environmentalists

A scrappy initiative campaign to create a revenue-neutral carbon tax has run into opposition from major environmentalist groups and other Democratic …

Carbon Tax

Hillary Clinton Focuses On Renewable Energy In Climate Change Plan

WASHINGTON -- In an ambitious climate change plan, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to make sure every American home can be powered by renewable energy by 2027 if elected president and install half a billion solar panels around the country before the end of her first …

Energy

It Looks Like the Boy Scouts Will (Kind of) End Their Ban on Gay Leaders

According to a new report from the Times.

​You can expect the Boy Scouts of America to finally get rid of their blanket ban on gay leaders, according to The New York Times​. Well, kind of. The ​Times ​notes that, yes, the Scouts organization will on Monday allow gay adults to serve as den leaders, …

Boy Scouts of America

Judge orders Obama administration to release illegal immigrants from 'deplorable' facilities

A federal judge in California has ruled that hundreds of illegal immigrant women and children in U.S. holding facilities should be released, another apparent setback for President Obama’s immigration policy, according to The Los Angeles Times.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said Friday that the …

Immigration

This infographic shows how likely different races are to go to prison

The criminal justice system in America is racially skewed, and as incarceration rates continue to climb, studies have found that African-Americans are disproportionately affected to a significant extent.

This illustration from the Sentencing Project shows exactly how stark the racial disparity is in …

Civil Rights

California fuel-cell car drivers say hydrogen fuel unavailable, stations don’t work (updated)

While they enjoy driving their cars, early lessees of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in Southern California are complaining that they can’t reliably fuel them at the handful of stations now supposedly operating in their region.

The stations are frequently inoperative, drivers say, closed for days or …

California

Obama lectures Kenyan president on gay rights

(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Saturday lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his country's gay rights record.

"When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode," …

Africa

Powerful earthquake possible in San Francisco's Hayward Fault Zone

(CNN) — There's a big earthquake coming.

Tuesday's magnitude-4.0 earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area caused relatively little damage, but it gave a glimpse of the potential geological threats the region could face.

Scientists believe there's strong evidence to suggest that a major quake will …

Earthquakes

Obama lectures Kenyan president on gay rights

Story highlights

Obama equated legalized discrimination of gays to legalized racism in America
• Under Kenyan law, sexual activity between men is illegal and punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 14 years

(CNN)President Barack Obama on Saturday lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his …

Gay Rights

California will review videos targeting Planned Parenthood

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Friday she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers to see if any law was broken in the filming.

Harris made the …

California

What is Trump's actual position on illegal immigration?

(CNN) — Donald Trump rose to the top of the GOP presidential field by harnessing the anger of many conservative Republicans about illegal immigration. But he has softened his tone in recent days -- going so far as to say that he would favor a "merit-based system" for undocumented immigrants in the …

Immigration

This Is What It's Like to Be Homeless in University

I was at a bar awhile back with some of my university friends, sharing beers and relaxing, when a homeless man approached us. He had a deck of cards, and was trying to entertain us for money. Everyone laughed him off, making the usual jokes about homeless people trying to bum change for drugs. I …

Homelessness

California wildfires: Highways 50 and 128 both reopened

Cars began flowing on roads that had been closed for days and crews made significant progress Friday in their battle to encircle a pair of large and dangerous wildfires chewing up dry hills and canyons in Northern California.

Two major highways, which were closed by the blazes, were reopened, and …

California

San Francisco slaying upends immigration debate in 2016 presidential race

The immigration debate in the 2016 presidential campaign unfolded along familiar lines: Republicans called for greater border security and Democrats called for expanded rights for those in the country illegally.

All that changed one blue-sky day at Pier 14 on San Francisco's world-famous …

San Francisco Bay Area