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  • Jerry Brown's Tough-Love California Miracle

    Jerry Brown's Tough-Love California Miracle | ARTICLE

    As wind turbines spin like massive, inverted egg-beater blades against the bluest California sky, Jerry Brown steps into the sun. Since he took office...

    August 29, 2013 7:00 AM ET
  • Eric Holder's Drug War Speech: Don't Get Too Excited Yet

    Eric Holder's Drug War Speech: Don't Get Too Excited Yet | ARTICLE

    Attorney General Eric Holder's speech today on mandatory-minimum sentencing for drug offenders is far more important for its symbolism than its substance. Here's why: THE GOOD In the context of the 40-year federal War on Drugs, this speech from the...

    August 12, 2013 3:20 PM ET
  • George Zimmerman and Weaponized Racism

    George Zimmerman and Weaponized Racism | ARTICLE

    In the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal for slaying Trayvon Martin, America is engaged in another anguished conversation about race. It's an important conversation – but there's another subject we need to address to stop this from...

    July 15, 2013 5:37 PM ET
  • Five Mind-Blowing Charts on the War on Pot

    Five Mind-Blowing Charts on the War on Pot | ARTICLE

    Thanks to the citizens of Colorado and Washington, the tide is turning in the War on Pot. But the true toll of marijuana prohibition has been little studied – and poorly understood. A blockbuster report from the...

    July 10, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Michael Hastings, 'Rolling Stone' Contributor, Dead at 33

    Michael Hastings, 'Rolling Stone' Contributor, Dead at 33 | ARTICLE

    Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33. Hastings' unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in...

    June 18, 2013 7:15 PM ET
  • Ethan Nadelmann: The Real Drug Czar

    Ethan Nadelmann: The Real Drug Czar | ARTICLE

    The driving force for the legalization of marijuana in America – a frenetic, whip-smart son of a rabbi who can barely tell indica from...

    June 6, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Seven States Not to Get High In While Black

    Seven States Not to Get High In While Black | ARTICLE

    The ACLU has published an astonishing report on the racist enforcement of our nation's marijuana laws. While pot is consumed at nearly equal rates by black and white Americans, blacks are 3.7 times more likely...

    June 5, 2013 4:39 PM ET
  • Ten Brutal Findings from the Republican Party's Report on Young Voters

    Ten Brutal Findings from the Republican Party's Report on Young Voters | ARTICLE

    The College Republican National Committee has commissioned a report examining the party's dim prospects with millennials, who gave Barack Obama a five-million-vote edge over Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. The focus-group reviews are in – and they...

    June 4, 2013 11:38 AM ET
  • Gun Control: 45 Percent of the Senate Foils 90 Percent of America

    Gun Control: 45 Percent of the Senate Foils 90 Percent of America | ARTICLE

    "Shame on you!" That was the verdict shouted from the gallery as the Senate voted down the gun-control amendment introduced by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), which would have extended federal background checks...

    April 17, 2013 7:08 PM ET
  • Conservatives Push Marijuana Reform in Congress

    Conservatives Push Marijuana Reform in Congress | ARTICLE

    There's a new congressional push to end the federal War on Pot in the states – and it's being spearheaded by some of the most conservative members of the Republican conference. The "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act" introduced...

    April 16, 2013 10:33 AM ET
  • The Five Most Outrageous Facts About Our Broken Voting System

    The Five Most Outrageous Facts About Our Broken Voting System | ARTICLE

    So you think the American electoral system is broken? New research out of MIT lays bare just how bad it really is. Here are the five most outrageous facts from "Waiting to Vote," a forthcoming...

    April 9, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • The GOP's Real Agenda

    The GOP's Real Agenda | ARTICLE

    After watching voters punish the GOP in the 2012 elections, Republican elites have been talking a brave game about reforms that would make the...

    March 13, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • The Gun Industry's Deadly Addiction

    The Gun Industry's Deadly Addiction | ARTICLE

    For gunmakers, the political fight over assault rifles and high-capacity pistols is about more than just profits – it's about the militarization of the...

    February 28, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • The Top Five Liberal Moments from Obama's State of the Union

    The Top Five Liberal Moments from Obama's State of the Union | ARTICLE

    In his first State of the Union address where what he said could not cost him an election, President Obama showed real leadership on several issues that are dear to progressives – from poor kids to climate...

    February 13, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • Legalization Hits the Hill

    Legalization Hits the Hill | ARTICLE

    Two progressive Democrats introduced bills this week to treat marijuana like alcohol under federal law. Seeking to take his state's pot law national, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) introduced the End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013,...

    February 6, 2013 12:05 PM ET
  • Wayne vs. Wayne: When the NRA Chief Endorsed Gun Control in Schools

    Wayne vs. Wayne: When the NRA Chief Endorsed Gun Control in Schools | ARTICLE

    NRA chief Wayne LaPierre's belligerent press conference in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre is now legend: "The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids," LaPierre insisted, is to place an NRA-trained...

    January 31, 2013 11:18 AM ET
  • The NRA vs. America

    The NRA vs. America | ARTICLE

    Eleven days after the massacre, Wayne LaPierre – a lifelong political operative who had steadied the National Rifle Association through many crises – stood before an American flag and soberly addressed the nation about firearms and student...

    January 31, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Gabby Giffords Speaks on Gun Control: 'The Time Is Now'

    Gabby Giffords Speaks on Gun Control: 'The Time Is Now' | ARTICLE

    Gabby Giffords called on Congress to act swiftly to enact gun control today in an emotional appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The former congresswoman, who was shot in the brain with a Glock in an assassination attempt...

    January 30, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • President Obama's Missing Executive Order on Gun Control

    President Obama's Missing Executive Order on Gun Control | ARTICLE

    In his renewed push for gun control, President Obama released 23 executive orders to reduce gun violence this morning. It's a good start. But Obama left his biggest regulatory weapon in the holster. The president has, under existing...

    January 16, 2013 2:51 PM ET
  • The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot

    The Next Seven States To Legalize Pot | ARTICLE

    The Berlin Wall of pot prohibition seems to be crumbling before our eyes. By fully legalizing marijuana through direct democracy, Colorado and Washington have fundamentally changed the national conversation about cannabis. As many as 58 percent of...

    December 18, 2012 9:00 AM ET
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