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31 items by Jillian Rayfield

  • So Much For Andrew Cuomo's Pot Decriminalization Plan

    So Much For Andrew Cuomo's Pot Decriminalization Plan | BLOG ENTRY

    If you had grand plans to flaunt your pot stash once Gov. Cuomo's proposed pot decriminalization goes into effect, you might want to hold off. According to the New York Times, Cuomo's plan to downgrade public possession...

    June 19, 2012 10:11 AM ET
  • What You Need to Know About the GOP's War Against Eric Holder

    What You Need to Know About the GOP's War Against Eric Holder | BLOG ENTRY

    If you're still under the impression that "Fast and Furious" is a movie about car racing, then you probably haven't been paying attention to the even higher-octane showdown between House Oversight Committee Chairman Republican Darrell Issa and...

    June 18, 2012 3:35 PM ET
  • Colbert: Pot Legalization Initiatives Are 'the Ultimate Grassroots Campaign'

    Colbert: Pot Legalization Initiatives Are 'the Ultimate Grassroots Campaign' | BLOG ENTRY

    The Democrats are hoping that possible pot legalization ballot initiatives in key swing states Colorado, Ohio, and Michigan will help boost turnout among young people this November. Stephen Colbert agreed last night that this could...

    June 15, 2012 9:50 AM ET
  • Jon Stewart: It's Almost as if GOP Senators Are on JPMorgan's Payroll

    Jon Stewart: It's Almost as if GOP Senators Are on JPMorgan's Payroll | BLOG ENTRY

    Jon Stewart watched JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon testify before the Senate Banking Committee this week, and came to the conclusion that, in fact, "the person hardest on Jamie Dimon ... was Jamie Dimon." Like, for example, when...

    June 15, 2012 9:20 AM ET
  • What Else Is Happening in Arizona? Crazy Stuff!

    What Else Is Happening in Arizona? Crazy Stuff! | BLOG ENTRY

    All eyes are on Arizona tonight and its special election to replace Gabrielle Giffords. Which got us wondering: What else has been going on Arizona lately? The answer: really crazy stuff! Some recent highlights: • Birthers in high...

    June 12, 2012 6:40 PM ET
  • Learn to Be a Conspiracy Theorist at the 'Patriot' Movement's Online University

    Learn to Be a Conspiracy Theorist at the 'Patriot' Movement's Online University | BLOG ENTRY

    If you were still looking for a way to spend your summer vacation, I've got good news. The Roger Sherman Institute (RSI), an online university for the anti-government "Patriot" movement, will be holding summer classes – guaranteed to...

    June 12, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • SCOTUS May - and Should - Take Another Look At Citizens United

    SCOTUS May - and Should - Take Another Look At Citizens United | BLOG ENTRY

    In what would be a very big deal, the Supreme Court could decide this week to reexamine Citizens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, the game-changing 2010 ruling that blew away limits on political giving by corporations...

    June 11, 2012 1:13 PM ET
  • The Fight for Marriage Equality Moves to State Ballots

    The Fight for Marriage Equality Moves to State Ballots | BLOG ENTRY

    Gay marriage supporters have had plenty to cheer lately, from President Obama's endorsement, to DOMA's First Circuit smackdown (not to mention several at the district-court level), to the Ninth Circuit court's decision to skip a full-panel review...

    June 8, 2012 10:35 AM ET
  • Terrifying Report Says Earth May Be Reaching A 'Tipping Point'

    Terrifying Report Says Earth May Be Reaching A 'Tipping Point' | BLOG ENTRY

    Those reality show contestants competing for a bunker might not be so crazy after all. According to a new report, climate change, population growth, and the destruction of natural ecosystems could push the Earth towards...

    June 8, 2012 9:45 AM ET
  • After Wisconsin: What's Next for Labor?

    After Wisconsin: What's Next for Labor? | BLOG ENTRY

    The biggest lesson of the failed recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is that organized labor is no longer the political counterweight to corporate power that it once was, and that if the left doesn't find...

    June 6, 2012 5:35 PM ET
  • Video Testimonials Show the Human Cost of Stop-and-Frisk

    Video Testimonials Show the Human Cost of Stop-and-Frisk | BLOG ENTRY

    New York is awaiting the outcome of a proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decriminalize public possession of small amounts of pot, in an effort to cut back on arrests made as a part of New...

    June 5, 2012 12:06 PM ET
  • California's Push for More Moderate Candidates Totally Backfires

    California's Push for More Moderate Candidates Totally Backfires | BLOG ENTRY

    In 2010, California voters approved an overhaul of the state's primary system in an attempt to bring more moderates into the state's political races. But when the votes are tallied from today's primary election, the GOP...

    June 5, 2012 12:04 PM ET
  • Why Gov. Cuomo's Pot Decriminalization Move is a Step - But Only a Step - in the Right Direction

    Why Gov. Cuomo's Pot Decriminalization Move is a Step - But Only a Step - in the Right Direction | BLOG ENTRY

    If Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way, New York's racially charged and epically unpopular stop-and-frisk policy could lose a couple of teeth. Cuomo today asked state legislators to get to work on changing the law regarding public possession...

    June 5, 2012 10:15 AM ET
  • Ari Berman on Voter Suppression in Florida: 'It's No Coincidence What the Republicans Are Doing'

    Ari Berman on Voter Suppression in Florida: 'It's No Coincidence What the Republicans Are Doing' | BLOG ENTRY

    Despite a warning from the Department of Justice, Florida has indicated that it will continue to purge its voter roll of alleged "non-citizen" voters, which amounts to 182,000 people. In practice, at least 20 percent of those...

    June 4, 2012 11:05 AM ET
  • This Week in Crazy Talk: Trump, Hoekstra and More

    This Week in Crazy Talk: Trump, Hoekstra and More | BLOG ENTRY

    Which fine Americans made the most outlandish comments this week? Two legitimized birthers and a handful of pastors. Donald Trump's been sounding the birther trumpet for about a year now, but this week he reignited his talk and...

    June 1, 2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Think Fox's Anti-Obama Ad Was Bad? Here Are Ten Worse Things They've Said

    Think Fox's Anti-Obama Ad Was Bad? Here Are Ten Worse Things They've Said | BLOG ENTRY

    Sure, Fox News may have crossed a few ethical lines this week with that "not authorized" attack ad on President Obama (though, perhaps, no more than MSNBC did with a similar anti-Romney ad). But as...

    June 1, 2012 3:35 PM ET
  • Colbert on Drone Strikes: Obama's Killing More Than Just the Economy

    Colbert on Drone Strikes: Obama's Killing More Than Just the Economy | BLOG ENTRY

    Last night, Stephen Colbert pointed to President Obama's record of authorizing five times as many covert drone strikes as President Bush, noting that "we all know that Barack Obama has been working hard to kill our...

    June 1, 2012 9:52 AM ET
  • Jon Stewart: Bloomberg Should Just Reintroduce Crack if He Really Cares About Fighting Obesity

    Jon Stewart: Bloomberg Should Just Reintroduce Crack if He Really Cares About Fighting Obesity | BLOG ENTRY

    On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart railed against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "terrible idea" of banning the sale of large sodas, and placed the blame for the obesity epidemic squarely on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani...

    June 1, 2012 9:26 AM ET
  • DOMA's Big Court Walloping

    DOMA's Big Court Walloping | BLOG ENTRY

    In a huge blow to supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston unanimously ruled today that the federal government has no "permissible federal interest" in denying federal benefits to...

    May 31, 2012 6:05 PM ET
  • Colbert: There's Definitely No Proof Obama Was Born In 'Amercia'

    Colbert: There's Definitely No Proof Obama Was Born In 'Amercia' | BLOG ENTRY

    Stephen Colbert gave a tip of his hat last night to Mitt Romney for releasing an iPhone app with the misspelled phrase "A Better Amercia." "That's not a problem – that's a brilliant strategy," Colbert said. "Now,...

    May 31, 2012 10:27 AM ET
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