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Colorado Republican vows to retaliate against Sessions for legal pot crackdown

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) on Thursday hammered Attorney General Jeff Sessions after reports emerged that the Department of Justice would rescind an Obama-era rule that made it easier for individual states to legalize marijuana.

Gardner, whose home state voted to legalize pot in 2012, also suggested that Sessions had lied to him when he assured him before his confirmation hearing that he would not take any such actions.

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“This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation,” the Colorado Republican wrote on Twitter. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.”

Gardner then threatened to gum up the works for DOJ nominees unless Sessions agrees to reverse his decision.

“I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation,” he wrote.

The DOJ is reportedly rescinding a rule that eased the enforcement of federal laws against buying, selling and possessing marijuana. The rule was passed as many states, including Colorado, moved to legalize pot during Obama’s presidency.

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Bombshell report confirms Trump ‘repeatedly pressed’ Ukrainian leader to probe Joe Biden’s family

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A new report from the Wall Street Journal confirms that President Donald Trump over the summer "repeatedly pressed" Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

According to WSJ, Trump asked Zelensky an estimated eight different times to launch a probe of Hunter Biden in a move aimed at crippling Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

"He told him that he should work with [Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani] on Biden, and that people in Washington wanted to know," one of WSJ's sources claims. According to this source, however, Trump on this phone call made no mention of foreign aid and didn't offer Zelensky an explicit quid-pro-quo for his cooperation in investigating Biden.

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Yale psychiatrist on what the whistleblower scandal reveals about Trump’s ‘self-defeating pathology’

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On Thursday, information emerged that a whistleblower in the intelligence community had officially submitted a complaint suggesting that President Donald Trump had had a compromising discussion with a foreign leader.

As the news circulated Friday, commentators raised the possibility that Trump had offered the president of Ukraine a stronger relationship in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden.

Raw Story spoke with Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee, who has studied the president's erratic behavior.

Lee is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at Yale School of Medicine. She has been consulting with the World Health Organization since 2002, has taught at Yale Law School since 2003, and is author of the textbook, “Violence.” In 2017, she held an ethics conference that led to the public-service book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and the World Mental Health Coalition. She also convened a panel to assess the president’s mental capacity and chairs a working group on a panel for performing presidential fitness-for-duty tests. She is hosting discussions on the need to speak about a president’s mental health at the Yale Law School and the School of Medicine this week.

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‘Impeachment time’: Conservative columnist says Pelosi must end her caution if Trump-Ukraine scandal is true

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Conservative columnist Max Boot, like fellow anti-Trump conservative Rick Wilson, had long supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) cautious approach when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump.

But in his latest column, Boot argues that Pelosi cannot simply ignore the latest Trump scandal that involves allegedly strong-arming the Ukrainian government to help him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

"If the new scandal involving President Trump and Ukraine is as bad as it seems -- and that is, of course, a very big if at this early stage -- the House will have no choice but to impeach, consequences be damned," he writes.

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