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‘Guru of ganja’ tells Michigan crowd: Legalization ‘cured’ need for medical marijuana

Speaking to a crowd gathered Saturday for Michigan’s annual “Hash Bash” and marijuana legalization protest in Ann Arbor, former “High Times” columnist and self-proclaimed “Guru of ganja” Ed Rosenthal declared that the successful legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington last November have “cured” him of his need for medical marijuana.…

Activists claim Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland

Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade published new videos on Sunday showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture purportedly diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media. While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally…

Former Reagan official links Atlanta cheating scandal to higher taxes, defense cuts

Former budget director David Stockton says that a “huge cultural problem” concerning defense cuts and higher taxes is linked to a massive alleged conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests in Atlanta Public Schools. Last week, former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall was among 35 educators who were indicted for…

Melissa Harris Perry warns U.S. getting ‘sputniked’ on brain research

On her show Sunday morning, MSNBC host Melissa-Harris Perry warned the United States was falling behind in brain research. “It seems like we’re getting sputniked all over again,” she remarked. “NIH funding is flat lining for the first time since anyone can remember.” President Barack Obama recently proposed a BRAIN…

ESPN writer destroys Hannity for defending ‘homophobic slurs’ at Rutgers

ESPN senior writer Andy Katz on Sunday blasted Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Eric Bolling after they defended Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was caught on camera physically abusing players and using anti-LGBT slurs. Last week, Rutgers announced that the school had fired Rice after ESPN aired video…

Krugman clashes with Van Susteren: ‘No correlation’ between regulation and hiring

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Sunday clashed with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren after she asserted that President Barack Obama’s administration was strangling small businesses with “laughable” regulations. “No one’s paying much attention to these small businesses,” Van Susteren opined during an ABC panel discussion. “The regulations that…

Connecticut governor: LaPierre and NRA are ‘clowns at the circus’

Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dan Mallow on Sunday lashed out at National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre and other gun control opponents as “clowns at the circus” who were just trying to sell more guns. After Connecticut responded to the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School by enacting…

Amy Goodman: Corporate media is ‘an extreme media beating the drums for war’

Journalist Amy Goodman made the case for independent media at the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver on Saturday, saying the pro-war views of the corporate media networks were firmly entrenched. “This is no longer a mainstream media, it’s an extreme media beating the drums for war,” she said…

Lindsey Graham: Obama is ‘showing a little bit of leg’ with Social Security cuts

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday praised President Barack Obama’s budget that reportedly cuts future increases to earned benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare. Several media outlets reported last week that the White House would adopt chained CPI, a less generous way of calculating Social Security cost-of-living…

NRA’s Hutchinson bucks LaPierre: Background checks at gun shows ‘would seem appropriate’

The chairman of the National Rifle Association-funded National School Shield Task Force on Sunday shrugged off traditional talking points used by pro-gun lobbyists and insisted that requiring background checks at gun shows “would seem appropriate.” Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Asa Hutchinson if he could support background…

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