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‘A true American hero’: Former Senator Mike Gravel to head ‘Kush’ marijuana company

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Former US senator Mike Gravel has been appointed as the head of cannabis company Kush, which produces marijuana products for recreational and medicinal use, its parent company said Tuesday.

Gravel will be in charge of marketing marijuana products, including a cannabis lozenge called “Kubby,” Cannabis Sativa said.

Marijuana is still an illegal drug across much of the United States, but some states have begun to decriminalize its use, sometimes for medical purposes but also in some cases for recreation.

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Nevada-based Kush is a subsidiary of Cannabis Sativa, but will now operate independently under Gravel, who has been a director at the company since it was founded.

“I’m anxious to assist in bringing this important resource to a broader market in a serious and credible way,” Gravel said.

Gravel, 84, served as Democratic senator in Alaska from 1969 to 1981 and was a candidate in the 2008 presidential elections.

He was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War and the “War on Drugs,” waged by former president Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

Cannabis Sativa praised Gravel’s new role and said his previous advocacy will be valuable at the company.

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“Senator Gravel stood up to Nixon, stood up to the Pentagon, and now he is standing up to those in power who would keep the healthful benefits of cannabis from those who need them,” said Steve Kubby, chairman of Sativa’s board.

Kubby said Gravel “brings invaluable perspective and connections to our group. He’s a true American hero and we’re excited to have him serving in this capacity.”

Cannabis Sativa, run by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, produces several natural pot products, including marijuana-laced foodstuffs.

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According to its website, the company believes “cannabis is destined to become the next gold rush and we’re prepared to shape its future in a legal environment .”

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Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat

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Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.

But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.

"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."

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President Donald Trump bragged about increasing divisions in America during a White House meeting, a former Republican congressman explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

"Garry Kasparov, the Russian freedom activist, has said the point of disinformation isn't to manipulate the truth, it's to exhaust your critical thinking," Jolly explained. "To exhaust your critical thinking, that's what we're experiencing as voters."

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Bloomberg and Biden attack Sanders supporters’ ‘Trump-like’ tactics

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On Monday, The New York Times analyzed the state of the Democratic presidential primaries heading into the Nevada caucuses. One of the key new developments is a fresh volley of attacks on the behavior of supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which is being characterized as "Trump-like" by former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, which has largely focused its attacks on President Trump, on Monday mounted a frontal offensive against one of his Democratic rivals for the first time, comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign tactics with those employed by the president," wrote Thomas Kaplan, Kate Conger, and Reid Epstein.

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