Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit That Sought To Strike Down Federal Marijuana Laws

A Federal Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to invalidate Federal laws against marijuana use and possession.

Attorney General Retorts to Angry Presidential Tweet

Yet another top appointee is in the awkward position of having to defend himself from the Tweeter-in-Chief.

Mueller Asking Whether Trump Knew About Hacked Emails Before Release

The Russia probe is focusing on the sequence of events surrounding hacked Clinton campaign and DNC emails.

NSA Has Received No Orders To Act Against Russian Interference In 2018 Election

President Trump continues to deny the reality of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, and he’s failing to act to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Captain America

The opinion journalist who has lately been writing the Black Panther comics is taking on one of the format’s most iconic characters.

Donald Trump Channels Archie Bunker

“All In The Family” predicted a policy proposal that President Trump and many other conservatives have made in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Facebook Algorithm Change Kills ‘Little Things’

A recent change to the way the social media giant selects articles readers see first has crushed a web magazine.

Prospects For Congressional Action On Guns Are As Dim As Ever

Despite the activism we’ve seen in the wake of the school shooting in Florida, it’s unlikely that we’ll see significant Congressional action on guns.

‘Javanka and Kelly are locked in a death match. Two enter. Only one survives.’

You’d think after 13 months in the White House they’d start understanding that there are rules.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Announces Limits On Gun Sales, Stops Selling “Assault Weapons”

Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer sell “assault weapons” at any of its stores, and will limit the sale of any gun to people aged 21 and above.

Ben Carson Spends $31,000 On A Dining Room Table For His Office

Ben Carson has expensive taste in office furniture.

Foreign Governments Sought to Exploit Kushner’s Overseas Business Arrangements

This is very much why the security clearance process requires so much financial disclosure.

Jared Kushner ‘Loses’ Top Secret Clearance (But Maybe Not Access)

The White House chief of staff has downgraded the President’s son-in-law’s access to classified information. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Google Not Required to Vet Websites for Defamatory Content

A German court has ruled that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” does not require search engines to verify sites are free from malicious content before listing them.

Yet More Site Tweaks

We’ve rolled out a few modest updates to the site design.

George Clinton Not a Fan of ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument

The funk legend advocates a melting pot approach in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone.

Words You Can’t Say

The February 2 episode of This American Life gets at some of my frustrations over our inability to have a meaningful discussion about pretty much anything.

Federal Appeals Court Rules That Employers Can’t Discriminate Based On Sexual Orientation

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rules that existing civil rights laws bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Rhode Island Governor Orders Confiscating Guns from ‘Red Flag’ Persons

As with any such discretionary power given to police, it will surely be abused. But the Parkland shooting was yet another in a long line of situations where obvious “red flags” were ignored until it was too late.

Supreme Court Poised To Deliver Blow To Public Sector Unions

After yesterday’s oral argument, the Supreme Court seems poised to deal a major blow to public-sector unions.

Are People Too Stupid to Raise Taxes?

Daniel Triesman offers an explanation as to “Why the poor don’t vote to soak the rich.”

Democrats Open Big Lead In New Generic Ballot Poll

Democrats appear to have regained momentum in the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Ben Rhodes’ Old Team Has a New Name

The Obama Administration called and wants its foreign policy back.

Xi Jinping Solidifies His Hold On Power In China

China’s Xi Jinping solidified his hold on power well into the next decade over the weekend.

FedEx Takes Right Position on NRA, Faces Backlash

The shipping giant FedEx is coming under serious pressure to sever its ties with the NRA. Its president has issued a strong statement as to why they won’t.

Georgia May Strip Delta Tax Break Over Its NRA Break

I don’t see how the state legislature making tax decisions on the basis of the public position an company takes is legal under the 14th Amendment. 

Supreme Court Rebuffs Trump Administration On DACA

The Supreme Court has declined an invitation to intervene early in the legal arguments surrounding DACA.

Poll Shows Increased Support For Gun Control In The Wake Of Florida Shooting

New polls show increased support for various gun control measures, including limitations on so-called “assault weapons,” but that doesn’t mean we’re likely to see Congressional action on the subject.

Russiagate Worst Scandal in Decades?

Jonathan Bernstein thinks so and Chuck Todd and company outline a pretty strong case.

Trump Leaves Kelly Twisting Over Kushner Clearance

The President’s fecklessness here is incredible. Either take these people out of sensitive posts or take the responsibility for granting them waivers. 

Trump’s Job Approval Dips To A New Low In Two New Polls

President Trump’s job approval hits a new low.

Have You Ever Heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates?

Mark Levin says we’re “morons” and “illiterate in English” because we’ve quoted the NYT.

California Democrats Snub Dianne Feinstein

The octogenarian failed to get her party’s endorsement for a sixth term.

Trump: Execute All the Big Drug Dealers

The President would like to copy Singapore’s zero-tolerance policy. The US Constitution stands in his way.

Some Messages from CPAC

What is CPAC telling us about the contemporary conservative movement?

What is the Middle Class and is It Shrinking?

Salary-based definitions distort the conversation. And lifestyle-based definitions are a moving target.

Democrats On House Intelligence Committee Release Rebuttal Memo That Utterly Decimates Nunes Memo

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released a memo that completely eviscerates the memo prepared by Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

Supreme Court To Hear Case That Could Deal Major Blow To Public-Sector Unions

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that could prove crippling to public employee unions across the nation.

Mexican President Cancels Visit To U.S. After ‘Testy’ Phone Call With Trump About Border Wall

Mexico’s President canceled a visit to the United States for the second time since Donald Trump became President due to a continued disagreement over who will pay for Trump’s border wall.

Second Judge Says Trump Illegally Overturned Obama Regulation

Presidents are much more constrained in issuing and rolling back regulations than they or the public think.

Anti-Taiwanese Discrimination in Australia

A mass wave of mainland Chinese immigration to Australia has led to discrimination against Taiwanese expats there.

Anti-NRA Boycott Gaining Steam

More than a dozen companies have ended relationships with the gun rights organization and protesters are demanding more follow suit.

Marvel Post-Credit Scenes

Here’s one vote for ending this annoying practice.

Black Panther Movie Review Roundup

Some thoughts on the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet. [Modest spoilers]

Trump Threatens ‘Phase Two’ If Sanctions Against North Korea That Probably Won’t Work Don’t Work

President Trump continues to make irresponsible and dangerous threats in connection with American policy toward North Korea.

VA Care for All?

Dave Schuler argues the US would have a much better healthcare system if we had modeled it on VA clinics rather than private insurance.

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