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Huckabee: What’s the difference between smoking pot and denying someone a marriage license?

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in an interview with Des Moines, Iowa’s KCCI Channel 8 that he doesn’t see the difference between states flouting federal anti-pot laws and state employees like Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

One reporter said that decriminalization of marijuana is an aspect of police reform that has been coming up in discussions again and again.

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“Would that be something you’d be willing to consider?” she asked Huckabee.

“Well, I think we need to recognize that marijuana has never made anybody a better citizen,” the former pastor replied. “Does it make you a better worker? Does it make you a better mom or dad? A better citizen? Does it make you a more attentive driver?”

“If there’s a benefit to it, and there may be medically,” he said, “if your doctor prescribes certain uses of it, then I’m open to that.”

He said we should keep an eye on Colorado and see how the legalization of recreational marijuana works out there.

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“I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times,” he went on, “and I don’t want us to look like Amsterdam.”

“The federal issue of that,” said the reporter, “is that they’re violating federal law. And if you believe in the rule of law at all, you have to either change the law or enforce the laws that are on the books, right?”

“Let me ask you this,” Huckabee said. “How come it’s that liberals are okay with not keeping the federal law when it comes to the marijuana laws and it’s okay for the states to ignore it, but if it comes to a county clerk in Kentucky who doesn’t believe that she can abide by a federal court ruling — not even a law — then she goes to jail?”

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“Do you see where conservatives sometimes their heads explode because they say, ‘Boy, there’s one set of rules for people on the left and a total different set of rules for people on the right?'” he asked.

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‘Pretty brutal day on Wall St’: CNN explains impact of Trump’s trade wars and Twitter tirades

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On Friday, President Donald Trump went on a Twitter tirade against China.

....better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..

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Fox’s Chris Wallace stunned as ‘flailing’ Trump tries to order around US companies while the stock market plunges

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Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace seemed stunned by a series of angry tweets from Donald Trump on Friday morning, first attacking Fed Chair Jerome Powell for not lowering interest rates than exploding at China over a new round of tariffs.

Speaking with host Sandra Smith, Wallace sat and listened as she read off the president's Twitter complaints about economic events beyond his control, including one telling U.S. companies to take their manufacturing business elsewhere.

"We are just all learning of this at the same time, but the best I can tell, the American president can’t order U.S. companies how they’re going to do their sales and where they’re going to have their supply chains," Wallace lectured. "We have a free-market capitalist system."

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‘They sense weakness’: Former senator says the world is ‘smirking’ as Trump flails away at latest China tariffs

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Former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) appeared on CNN Friday to discuss how President Donald Trump has completely mishandled his long-running trade war with China.

While talking about trade with CNN's Jim Sciutto, Baucus said that China timed its new announcements of tariffs against $75 billion worth of American goods specifically to humiliate the president.

"They sense weakness," explained Baucus, who has also previously served as an American ambassador to China. "And I think that they see a weakness in the United States today. Trump has been weakened because of the weakened American economy and they're retaliating against the tariffs that Trump imposed after there was a truce there would be no tariffs."

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