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Federal ‘clarification’ on medical marijuana not a change in policy

A memo meant to clarify the Department of Justice (DoJ) position on how federal authorities should treat medical marijuana does not reflect any substantive change in policy from prior administrations, despite some reports to the contrary. The “clarification” was apparently needed after a prior “clarification” in 2009 gave many the…

Florida governor retreats on worker drug tests

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott has suspended an order requiring all state workers undergo drug testing, pending resolution of a lawsuit that called the tests an illegal search of workers’ bodies. The Republican governor quietly signed the suspension memo on June 10 but it received little public notice…

Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

NZ prisoners given carrot sticks to quit smoking: report

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand prisoners are reportedly being offered carrot sticks to help them overcome nicotine cravings as jails prepare to go smoke-free next month. A leaked internal memo from Invercargill Prison said prisoners were being supplied with two carrot sticks a day in an effort to make them…

Obama orders U.S. agencies to buy green vehicles

WASHINGTON — The US administration will only buy vehicles using alternative energy sources to equip its fleet by the end of 2015, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday. The timeline is part of Obama’s plan to cut US oil imports by a third by 2025 and put a million advanced vehicles…

UFO enthusiasts hail FBI’s official release of Roswell memos

As a treat to history buffs, the FBI has launched a blog called The Vault, displaying old memos and documents that might interest the public. The documents garnering the most attention, however, are about Unidentified Flying Objects. And not just any UFO — the FBI has released the long top-secret…

Rumsfeld memo dated June 2001 hinted that US troops were in danger

On June 18, 2001, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent out a brief memo quoting a former US Lt. General warning his troops that they may be in harms way. Rumsfeld’s memo, titled “Chesty Puller” — the nickname of Lt. Gen. Lewis Puller, a veteran of World War II and…

Laziest memo ever? Rumsfeld asked undersecretary to deal with other countries

In 2003, Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld sent to an associate what may well be the laziest memo of all time — especially on orders of high importance. The Atlantic‘s Alexis Madrigal dug through the digital archives at Rumsfeld.com and uncovered an extraordinary message Rumsfeld sent to Under Secretary of…

Torture memo author John Yoo compared waterboarding to speeding

Former Justice Department lawyer and ‘torture memo’ author John Yoo compared George W. Bush’s decision to waterboard suspected terrorists to a driver’s decision to go the full speed limit. Yoo used a speeding metaphor to explain that just because he gave George W. Bush the legal justification for the decision…

Feds searched Daily Kos, NPR for threats to Obama, memo reveals

In the lead-up to President Obama’s inauguration, federal investigators conducted a major sweep of online social networks in search of threats. In the process, according to a memo unearthed by a privacy advocate group, feds singled out numerous popular web sites and social networks to be scanned for threats and…

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