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After Decades of Failed Policies, Congress Quietly Passes Sweeping Drug Reforms
Omnibus bill included two riders that lift federal ban on medical marijuana and loosen restrictions on needle exchange programs
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In Victory for Medical Marijuana, Court Tells DOJ to Lay Off Legal Providers
"Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren't just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal."
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Now That The House Has Passed Fast Track, Here’s What’s Next
When Wall Street and the giant corporations want something from Congress, Congress finds a way to give it to them. With only a few hours notice, the House of Representatives snuck in another fast track vote, and it passed 218-208. The bill now must return to the Senate. During the pre-vote...
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Cannabis Americas Common Sense Crops
In 1914, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst mounted a yellow-journalism crusade to demonize the entire genus of cannabis plants. Why? To sell newspapers, of course, but also because he was heavily invested in wood-pulp newsprint, and he wanted to shut down competition from paper made from...
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A Palestinian argues with Israeli border police in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (Photo: AP) Views
US Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
The murder of three Israeli youth by unknown Palestinians and the less-publicized but equally tragic murder of three Palestinian youth by Israelis, along with Israeli bombing of urban areas in Gaza and the arrest and detention of hundreds of Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces, serves as a...
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Why the Silence from the Sponsors of the Superior Full Medicare for All?
With the Tea Partiers relentless attacks on each of the troubles besetting Obamacare since its complicated, computer glitch-ridden startup on October 1, 2013, the compelling question is: Why aren’t the Congressional sponsors of H.R. 676 – full Medicare for all with free choice of physician and...
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162 Representatives, Including 64 Democrats, Call for Debate & Vote Before War With Syria
By my count, at least 162 Members of the House of Representatives, including 64 Democrats, have done at least one of the following things in the last few days: 1) signed a letter initiated by California Democrat Barbara Lee saying that there must be Congressional debate and vote before war with...
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'Iran Threat Reduction Act' Actually Enhances Threat of War
Congress is taking up dangerous legislation which appears to be designed to pave the way for war by taking the unprecedented step of effectively preventing any kind of U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran. The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 (H.R. 1905), sponsored by the right-wing chair of the...
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Kucinich: Ensure Safety of U.S. Citizens on The Audacity of Hope
In many arenas of human endeavor, there is no plausible way to convince someone through abstract argument that an endeavor that appears to be incredibly difficult is nonetheless not impossible. There's nothing for it but to create an example. Efforts to get Members of Congress to do anything...
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Obama Administration Continues to Disregard Congressional Concern for Human Rights, Democracy in Honduras
In the midst of a particularly busy and nail-biting election season, 30 congressional Democrats have taken time to focus on an issue that isn’t on anyone’s campaign agenda: the appalling state of democracy and human rights in Honduras. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Oct...
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