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DEA faces federal lawsuit for blocking marijuana research

Researchers hoping to study the medical benefits of marijuana are taking the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to federal court for blocking access to the plant. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has received free legal representation in a lawsuit against the DEA over a license to grow marijuana for…

Gary Johnson to appear in Thursday night’s Republican debate

Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson will be included in the Fox News/Google Debate in Orlando on September 22, despite objections from the Florida Republican Party. The former Governor of New Mexico and libertarian is an outspoken opponent of the drug war, is in favor of same sex marriage, and supports…

Ralph Nader: Republican party indentured to corporations

On MSNBC’s The Last Word, consumer advocate Ralph Nader addressed criticism that by running as a third party candidate and pressuring Democrats to challenge Obama in 2012, he was helping Republicans get elected. “Nobody has criticized more profoundly in detail across 50 states the Republican Party’s indentured status to corporatism,…

Cenk Uygur: New Current TV show will be open, honest and aggressive

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur said in a conference call on Tuesday that he was excited about his new show on Current TV, which would be open, honest, aggressive, and fun. “It is a true home for independent television and for progressives all across the country,” he said. The…

Jamie Kilstein: Tea party thinks ‘facts are for gay people’

Comedian Jamie Kilstein, co-host of Citizen Radio, appeared Tuesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann — guest hosted by David Shuster — to discuss the misinformation from tea party favorites Congressman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others. Bachmann recently said that an HPV vaccine could cause…

Tea party backs ACLU lawsuit against Florida voting law

Tea party groups in Florida have found themselves in the surprising position of supporting lawsuits brought against the state by the American Civil Liberties Union. The Florida Legislature passed and Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that bans candidates for public office from switching parties. Doug Guetzloe, the head…

Grover Norquist: Obama’s plan is to ‘get the kulaks’

While some Republicans have accused President Barack Obama of engaging in “class warfare,” Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist took it to another level by suggesting Obama planned mass political repression. “Obamas ‘new’ strategy to divide America: Get the Kulaks,” he tweeted on Monday. The kulaks were wealthy Slavic…

Cornel West: Cold-hearted Republican Party tied to oligarchs

Public intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West said Tuesday on MSNBC that the Republican Party was “mean, coldhearted and tied to oligarchs,” but Democrats were “spineless” and unwilling to fight them. “Looks like Barack Obama is going to have some spine, but it could be a two-step,” he said. “It…

Oklahoma oil rig bursts into flames

An oil rig in Northwestern Oklahoma exploded late Monday night and several homes within a mile radius were evacuated. “It was a routine drilling operation and for some reason, that’s under investigation, they lost control of the well,” Rick Muncrief of Continental Resources told a local news station. No injuries…

36% of South Carolina Republicans believe Obama not born in U.S.

Despite the release of his long-form birth certificate, 36 percent of Republicans in South Carolina believe President Barack Obama “probably” or “definitely” was born in another country, according to the latest Winthrop Poll. That number is down 5.2 percent since April. Many so-called “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that…

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