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Drug Policy Alliance’s Ethan Nadelmann to Bill Maher: ‘Pot is the new gay’

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On Friday night’s opening segment of Real Time with Bill Maher, guest Ethan Nadelmann –executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance— said that “the tide is turning” on marijuana legalization.

During the discussion, Maher and Nadelmann drew comparisons between the rising support for drug reform and the ever-increasing public support for LGBT issues.

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Nadelmann said, “There’s a very smart political activist named Ted Trimpa –who’s very active in the gay rights movement– who’s been saying that ‘pot is the new gay.’ I mean you look at the Gallup Poll [sic] that’s been coming out …there’s a lot of wind that’s at our back now. But victory is not inevitable.”

Maher and Nadelmann also discussed the recent report published by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, as well as Obama’s record on drug reform.

Watch the entire segment below, originally uploaded to YouTube by user claw7man on July 8, 2011.

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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Intel official who briefed lawmakers on latest Russian meddling targeted for ouster by Trump White House: CNN

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During a discussion on the war on the intelligence community being waged by the Donald Trump's White House, CNN host Victor Blackwell stated that sources speaking with the network stated that the intel official who briefed lawmakers for both parties on new efforts by Russia to meddle in U.S. elections could be on the way out.

Speaking with contributor Lynn Sweet, Blackwell asked about the so-called "purge" being conducted by the White House.

"It sends the signal once again that President Trump is not a respecter of the United States intelligence services with the bigger issue that a permanent director has not been in that office since last summer when Dan Coates was forced out," Sweet explained. "This is a key position, subject to Senate confirmation and Trump hasn't seen fit to have a permanent director for months now."

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Trump’s latest national security adviser is undercutting FBI Director Wray to quash report of new Russian meddling: report

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In a scorching column for the Daily Beast, historian David Rothkopf accused Donald Trump's latest national security director, Robert O'Brien, of undercutting the United States intelligence services and uses his comments about recent reports of new Russian election meddling to make the case that he is contradicting FBI Director Christopher Wray to please the president.

According to Rothkopf, "For just over a century, since America arrived as a major force on the global stage, we have feared that should our enemies defeat us, it would be on the battlefield or via a devastating nuclear onslaught. We never could have imagined that an enemy might take another approach altogether: infecting us with a presidential virus who this week gutted our national security leadership structures like a fish."

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