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 2018-04-26 03:55 

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Legal Marijuana Dispensaries Appear to Reduce Opioid Abuse...

Does access to legal marijuana reduce opioid abuse? It's a tricky question to answer, but Mark Kleiman points today to a recent Rand report that tests the effect of medical marijuana laws between 1999-2013 on both opioid deaths and treatment for opioi...

 2018-04-26 02:58 

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We Went to "Beyonc Mass" and It Was Glorious...

Service opened with the choir's performance of Survivor by Destiny's Child #BeyonceMass pic.twitter.com/j453R2dWLa — Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) April 26, 2018 A San Francisco church held a worship service Wednesday night themed on ...

 2018-04-26 00:25 

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Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Will Plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels Lawsuit...

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen indicated in a court filing on Wednesday that he will assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed by adult film actress Stormy Daniels against President...

 2018-04-25 22:38 

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Donald Trump's Plan to Reduce Illegal Immigration Isn't Going Very Well...

How are things going down on the Southwest border? Not so good according to the Border Patrol: "During the month of March CBP saw a 37 percent increase overall when compared to February, but a 203 percent increase compared to March 2017." Yikes! A...

 2018-04-25 21:32 

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Presidential Picture Taking Is Hard...

Paul Morse explains how he got that viral picture of all the presidents and first ladies: It all kind of naturally came together. All of the characters were there except President Clinton, who was talking to someone. He was the last one who joined the pic...

 2018-04-25 19:41 

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Climate Change Will Make Thousands of Islands Uninhabitable. A New Study Says It'll Happen Sooner Than We Thought....

On Christmas Eve 2008, the president of the Marshall Islands declared a state of emergency after seawater flooded the country's biggest urban areas, displaced hundreds of islanders, destroyed dozens of homes, and contaminated freshwater reserves. But ...

 2018-04-25 19:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

My sister was over for pizza last night, so the management of Lunchtime Photo asked her to curate today's selection. She chose this picture of Lower Yosemite Fall....

 2018-04-25 19:09 

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Marco Rubio Wants to Give You a Loan to Have Kids...

Perusing my LA Times this morning, Michael Hiltzik brings me up to speed on the latest GOP plan for paid family leave: The idea of government-sponsored paid family leave is gaining popularity at the state level and in Washington, where Sen. Marco Rubio (R...

 2018-04-25 19:02 

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Leaked Audio Shows Just How Crazy That Meeting Between NFL Players and Owners Actually Was...

The New York Times obtained audio of a tense three-hour meeting between NFL players and owners in October that sheds new light on how the two sides sought to deal with the fallout from ongoing national anthem protests—including President Donald Trum...

 2018-04-25 18:59 

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A New Trump Administration Proposal Could Triple Low-Income Families' Rent...

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, led by Secretary Ben Carson, has drawn up a proposal that would overhaul how rents are calculated for low-income families using federal housing subsidies. The proposal, first reported by the Washington Post...

 2018-04-25 18:32 

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Texas Women Prisoners Can Learn How to Type and Cook. Men Can Get a Master's....

If you're locked up in Texas and want to earn a master's degree, you're out of luck unless you have a penis. That's right: Although the state incarcerates more women than any other, its prison system denies female inmates access to educati...

 2018-04-25 17:08 

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How a Mysterious Overseas Shell Company Used a Former GOP Congressman to Lobby Trump and Congress...

Last year, Howard "Buck" McKeon, a former Republican congressman who chaired the House Armed Services Committee, was hired to lobby for an Albanian political party seeking access to the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. But most ...

 2018-04-25 17:06 

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The Fresno State Tweet Brawl Has Nothing to do With Tenure...

Last week, Randa Jarrar, a professor at Cal State Fresno, tweeted her reaction to Barbara Bush's death: As you might expect, this produced a wee bit of backlash. Yesterday, however, Fresno State said it would do nothing about this: Her comments, altho...

 2018-04-25 16:45 

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Defending Travel Ban, Trump Lawyer Says an Anti-Semitic President Could Ban Israelis...

If President Donald Trump can ban people from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, could an anti-Semitic president ban all residents of Israel from coming? That was among the tough questions the Supreme Court's liberal justices p...

 2018-04-25 16:37 

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Emmanuel Macron Just Confronted Trump with a Powerful Speech Before Congress...

Speaking before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday morning, French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned, wide-ranging speech rebuking some of President Donald Trump's signature policies while urging the United States not to close i...

 2018-04-25 15:58 

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North Korea Isn't "Closing" Its Nuclear Test Site. It Collapsed....

I sort of figured something like this must be going on: A large part of North Korea's underground nuclear test facility is unusable due to the collapse of a cavity inside the mountain after the latest test-detonation occurred, according to Chinese sei...

 2018-04-25 10:00 

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New Data Shows That America's Schools Are Still Disproportionately Punishing Students of Color...

A report released by the Education Department on Tuesday reveals that black students and students with disabilities are still suspended and arrested at much higher rates than their classmates, further complicating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' reco...

 2018-04-25 10:00 

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This Is What People Whose Lives Have Been Upended by the Travel Ban Want to Tell the Supreme Court...

For the first time in Donald Trump's presidency, the Supreme Court will begin hearing a case Wednesday in which it will decide the fate of one of his key policies. At stake is his travel ban, which bars entry into the United States by people from seve...

 2018-04-25 05:16 

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Democrats Are Doing Pretty Well Since Trump Took Office...

Democrats may have lost the congressional special election in Arizona tonight, but they sure made up a lot of ground. Here's the scorecard since the beginning of last year:...

 2018-04-25 04:36 

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Mick Mulvaney Tells It Like It Is...

Mick Mulvaney has been running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since November: Since then, he has frozen all new investigations and slowed down existing inquiries by requiring employees to produce detailed justifications....But he wants Congress ...

 2018-04-25 03:20 

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Republican Candidate Wins Open Arizona Congressional Seat...

With the backing of President Trump, former Republican state senator Debbie Lesko won a special election Tuesday to fill a House seat vacated by Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned last year amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Lesko beat political novice H...

 2018-04-25 01:41 

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Trump's Plan to Dismantle DACA Just Hit a Major Setback...

A federal judge in Washington, DC, just dealt a major blow to the Trump administration's plans to end protections for undocumented immigrants who entered the US as children. In a decision issued Tuesday evening, US District Judge John D. Bates called ...

 2018-04-25 00:18 

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Raw Metadata: What Kinds of Jobs Programs Work the Best?...

What's the best way to get people working? There have been hundreds of jobs programs studied over the past few decades, and you can draw some general conclusions from them. A couple of years ago David Card and two colleagues published a meta-analysis ...

 2018-04-24 22:24 

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 2018-04-24 22:11 

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Jeff Sessions Won't Recuse Himself From Michael Cohen's Case...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided not to steer clear of the Justice Department's investigation into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, according to a Tuesday report. Sessions' decision not to recuse himself from the probe into ...

 2018-04-24 21:45 

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This Might Be Scott Pruitt's Most Destructive Move Yet...

Adopting a strategy successfully employed by the tobacco industry, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a sweeping new regulation that would restrict the kinds of scientific studies the agency can use in developing its regu...

 2018-04-24 21:37 

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Donald Trump Explains His Syria Policy...

Over lunch I was chatting with a friend and we were wondering what Donald Trump really wants to do about Syria. Does he want to get out? If so, why hire guys like John Bolton, who'd probably like to send a million troops over? It's a mystery. That...

 2018-04-24 19:50 

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Texas Democrats Just Got a Huge Boost Thanks to This Court Decision...

On Monday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Dallas County Republican Party that would have kicked most Democratic candidates in the Texas county off the ballot. The lawsuit, filed in January, tried to keep 127 Democratic candidates from appearing ...

 2018-04-24 19:46 

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Michael Brown's Mother Is Considering a Run for Ferguson City Council...

The mother of Michael Brown, the teenager whose police killing in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked unrest in 2014 and was a major catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, said on Monday that she is considering running for Ferguson's city council. Lezl...

 2018-04-24 19:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

Every week I try to use at least one photo each of animal, vegetable, and mineral. Surprisingly, it turns out that the vegetable member of this trio is the toughest to keep up with, but we're now in rose season so I've restocked my queue. Today...

 2018-04-24 18:30 

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Trump Blasts Vetting Process, Media for Troubled VA Pick. That's Not How It Works....

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to suggest that amid recently surfaced allegations of workplace misconduct, Ronny Jackson, his embattled pick for Veterans Affairs secretary, should withdraw his nomination, calling it "totally" Jackson&#...

 2018-04-24 18:23 

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Did Status Anxiety Power Trump to Victory? Let's Look....

The New York Times reports today on a new paper that looks at whether people voted for Trump out of a sense of economic anxiety: A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences questions that explanation, the latest to s...

 2018-04-24 16:14 

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Pruitt About to Take Next Step in Banning Science at the EPA...

This is why Scott Pruitt is able to get away with acting like he's the Sun King: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to propose a rule Tuesday that would establish new standards for what science could be used in writ...

 2018-04-24 15:15 

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Enjoy This Excruciating Clip of Trump Brushing Off "Dandruff" From Macron's Suit...

While welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron to the Oval Office Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump warmly discussed the "special relationship" the two world leaders share, even praising news outlets he typically bashes as "fake news&#...

 2018-04-24 14:29 

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White House Defiant Amid Allegations Jeopardizing Ronny Jackson's VA Nomination...

The White House on Tuesday defended Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, after troubling allegations surfaced surrounding Jackson's workplace conduct. "Admiral Jackson has been on the fron...

 2018-04-24 10:00 

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New Report Details Dozens of Corrupt Border Patrol Agents—Just As Trump Wants to Hire More...

In the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump requested that Congress give Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enough money to hire 5,000 new agents to patrol the US-Mexico border as part of his immigration crackdown. The move raised eyebrows among im...

 2018-04-24 05:50 

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Raw Data: Density and Traffic...

Does higher density in big cities increase traffic congestion? Or does it actually reduce congestion by moving more people closer to where the jobs are, thus cutting down on commutes? This is not an easily answered question, but here are a few markers. Fi...

 2018-04-23 23:57 

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Need a Job? Just Call Bernie....

Bernie Sanders is finally putting the socialist back in Democratic Socialist: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will announce a plan for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker "who want...

 2018-04-23 23:40 

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Republicans Want to Throw the Book at Colorado Teachers Getting Ready to Strike...

Nearly a week before thousands of Colorado teachers are expected to descend on the state capitol to rally for better pay and protest potential retirement benefit cuts, two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill to try to stop them from striking in the fut...

 2018-04-23 22:42 

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The Border Patrol Wants Us to Think Its Job Is More Dangerous Than Ever. It's Not....

Protecting our borders from illegal immigration is a tough job. According to the Border Patrol, assaults on officers jumped from 454 to 786 last year, an increase of 332 assaults. Over at the Intercept, Debbie Nathan decided to check into this: Almost the...

 2018-04-23 21:57 

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Postcards for Nerds Are Here!...

ZOMG! How is it that I've never thought of this? Experimental run of book-publicity postcards turned out quite nicely. pic.twitter.com/KheKNfJv0E — Kieran Healy (@kjhealy) April 23, 2018 Or how about playing cards? Hear me out on this. Remember ...

 2018-04-23 21:49 

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Rand Paul Reverses Himself, Agrees to Support Mike Pompeo...

In a major reversal, Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced Monday afternoon that he would support Mike Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of State. The Kentucky senator had previously criticized Pompeo's support of the Iraq War and had threatened t...

 2018-04-23 21:01 

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Police Seized the Waffle House Suspect's Guns Months Ago. How Did He Get Them Back?...

Last August—eight months before Travis Reinking allegedly killed four people and wounded four others at a Tennessee Waffle House—Illinois law enforcement came to take away his guns. The then-28-year-old had a history of mental health issues an...

 2018-04-23 21:00 

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Trump Is Undermining His Own Immigration Agenda With Attacks on Mexico...

After a brief hiatus, President Donald Trump is back to tweeting that Mexico should crack down on migrants. Trump wrote Monday morning that Mexico "must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S." and said his administration might not...

 2018-04-23 20:23 

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You'll Probably Never Save as Many Lives as This Guy Who Got the Philippines to Stop Using Lead Paint...

While the United States effectively banned lead-based paint in 1978, in many developing countries—even after decades of research showing how lead is linked to learning disabilities, lower IQ, and other health effects in children—the element is...

 2018-04-23 19:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

Let's start out the week with something pretty. I have several photos of Half Dome to get through eventually, and they're all gorgeous because Half Dome can hardly help but be anything else. This is Half Dome barely before sunset, with Ahwiyah Poi...

 2018-04-23 18:54 

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Here's Why the Waffle House Shooting Wasn't Worse...

James Shaw Jr. is the "I'm not a hero" who heroically wrestled a gunman to the ground during Sunday's Waffle House shooting. Here's how it happened: During a sudden break in the firing, Mr. Shaw sprinted through the door as fast as he ...

 2018-04-23 18:13 

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Kim Jong Un Will Never Give Up His Nukes...

Here's my simpleminded take on North Korea: Kim Jong Un wanted nuclear weapons for several reasons, but the main one was to make sure North Korea didn't end up like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Now that he's got them, he feels like he can sta...

 2018-04-23 18:05 

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Kate Nash's Pop Is Elegant, Dark, and Triumphant...

Album Review Kate Nash Yesterday Was Forever Girl Gang Britain's Kate Nash is a real live wire. Her enticing pop songs feature elegant melodies, ultra-catchy choruses and insistent vocals that mix poise and anxiety to striking effect, not unlike the b...

 2018-04-23 17:33 

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Working on the Railroad Is Pretty Lucrative in North Platte, Nebraska...

Check this out. Railroads are having a hard time finding workers thanks to a tight labor market, so they're trying out a bold new strategy: Railroad workers are being offered signing bonuses of up to $25,000 to join BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Corp...

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