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10 ways the War on Drugs changed forever in 2013

TONY NEWMAN, ALTERNET Salon TUESDAY, DEC 17, 2013 08:33 AM EST From legalized pot in Colorado to Sanjay Gupta’s high-profile change of heart, 2013 marked a turning point 2013 will go down in history as the beginning of the end of our disastrous war on drugs. Fifty-eight percent of Americans nationally support marijuana legalization. World […]

The Beginning of the End of the War on Drugs?

By PAT GAROFALO US News December 10, 2013 f Uruguay’s Senate votes as expected today, the South American country will become the world’s first to legalize marijuana, giving the government the power to regulate, sell and tax the drug. While other countries have decriminalized marijuana before – most notably the Netherlands and Portugal – none […]

80 Years After Prohibition’s Repeal, President Obama Continues A Failed Drug War

By Burton Abrams OP/ED | 12/05/2013 @ 1:03PM |1,691 views Forbes The War on Drugs is an unmitigated failure. Those who support that war might recall Prohibition, a similar deployment of government paternalism, which was wisely repealed 80 years ago this month. Prohibition was the result of misnamed “temperance” crusaders who sought to outlaw the […]

Should the Government Pay Everyone a Basic Income?

by STEVEN MAZIE NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 5:18 PM Big Think In 2014, voters in Switzerland will decide whether their country should send a monthly check for $2,800 to every Swiss citizen and legal resident. This idea may never fly in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped advocates of an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) from […]

Carving Up the Country

By CHARLES M. BLOW Published: July 26, 2013 NYTimes Our 50 states seem to be united in name only. In fact, we seem to be increasingly becoming two countries under one flag: Liberal Land — coastal, urban and multicultural — separated by Conservative Country — Southern and Western, rural and racially homogeneous. (Other parts of […]

Digital Privacy, a Non-Partisan Issue

By Carl M. Cannon – July 23, 2013 Real Clear Politics In polarized, partisan Washington, various controversies that have lapped up on the shores of the executive branch in President Obama’s second term have engendered mostly maddeningly predictable responses on Capitol Hill. To congressional Republicans, the debacle in Benghazi that left four Americans dead signaled […]

Amid D.C. Gridlock, Has Supreme Court Stepped In?

By Alexis Simendinger – July 1, 2013 Real Clear Politics Woven into the Supreme Court’s spirited legal opinions about marriage equality and voting rights last week was the germ of an idea other powerbrokers raised in their own ways simultaneously: When Congress and the executive branch are at loggerheads, is there a perceived invitation for […]

Vilified Congress Shows Few Signs of Ending Gridlock in 2013

By Laura Litvan July 08, 2013 Bloomberg With few signs of ending the gridlock crushing public approval of Congress, U.S. lawmakers return this week to confront a budgetary deficit, a loophole-riddled tax code and a Senate revamping of immigration law given little chance in the House. Their conflicts don’t stop there. Republicans in the Democratic-controlled […]

In Congress, Gridlock and Harsh Consequences

By JONATHAN WEISMAN Published: July 7, 2013 NYTimes WASHINGTON — Despite finger-pointing news conferences and radio addresses by both parties on Capitol Hill, Congress let interest rates double last week on federally subsidized student loans. Eleven days earlier, a coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans in the House scuttled the latest attempt at a farm […]

The Amazing Energy Race

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: July 2, 2013 President Obama delivered his most important national security and jobs speech last week. I think he also mentioned something about climate change. The headline from Obama’s speech was his decision to cut America’s carbon emissions by bypassing a dysfunctional Congress and directing the Environmental Protection Agency to […]