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ATF shifts blame: It’s Congress fault marijuana users can’t own guns

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) director Mike Sullivan appeared Monday on Fox News to defend a memo sent gun dealers in the United States. He claimed the agency was only following laws passed by Congress. The memo stated that those who use marijuana legally in accordance with their…

Ken Burns: Current political climate resembles prohibition era

Ken Burns — the creator of the recent PBS documentary series Prohibition — told Reason.TV that the current political climate in the United States is very similar to the lead up to alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s, but not because of current drug laws. “Alcohol is used by every culture,…

Former drug czar: Florida welfare drug testing policy is misguided

Former White House Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey thinks that Florida’s new policy of drug testing anyone who applies for temporary government assistance is counterproductive. “What kind of sense does that make?” he said, according to WCTV. “You’ve got to make the barriers to entering rehabilitation low. You want people in…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ attorney: NYPD trying to intimidate

Marina Sitrin, an attorney who is part of the “Occupy Wall Street” legal working group, told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now on Monday that New York Police officers were conducting mass arrests in hopes of suppressing the ongoing protest. More than 700 demonstrators were arrested as they tried to cross…

Gov. O’Malley kicks off Maryland marriage equality campaign

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) described himself as a “Marylander for marriage equality” as part of a video campaign seeking to raise support for same sex marriage. “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them,…

New York City Fire Dept. welcomes first transgender firefighter

The New York City Fire Department has welcomed a transgender woman to its male-dominated team. The New York Post reported she is the first transgender firefighter in the city’s history. The tall blonde, named Brooke, is a third generation firefighter and has been assigned to the Metrotech headquarters, a department…

CodePink activists arrive at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest

Two members of the anti-war activist group CodePink on Saturday arrived at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan. “We are here with the 99 percent to say that we’ve had enough of the corruption and greed on Wall Street,” said on activist, Mel. “I’ve been to Tahrir square…

Wall Street protesters approve ‘Declaration of Occupation’

The New York City General Assembly — the decision-making body for the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in lower Manhattan — approved a statement of purpose on Friday amid concerns that the movement lacked a clear message. As corporations enjoy near record profits and Americans face staggering unemployment, protesters have pledged…

Obama calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

President Barack Obama on Saturday night called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) during his keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th Annual National Dinner. The law defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, and prohibits legally married same sex…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement arrives in Seattle

Protesters in Seattle gathered at Westlake Park on Saturday morning to protest against corporations influence on the government. More than 100 people participated in “Occupy Seattle,” according to the event’s organizers. “It’s amazing the diversity and the singular voice that we have,” said one protester. “This is a grassroots satellite…

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