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Kamala Harris: Young black men jailed for selling pot should be ‘the first in line’ for legal weed jobs — ‘They were ahead of the curve’

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California senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told the She The People forum, “the first-ever Presidential candidate forum focused on women of color,” that it was wrong to punish young black men who sold marijuana during the days of the Drug War, and prohibit them from participating in the legal marijuana industry — and pointed out “they were ahead of the curve.”

“A lot of the people who were arrested for marijuana sales were young men, young men of color,” Harris said.

“Isn’t that the irony of it all, that now this is one of the fastest growing money-making industries in our country,” she continued. “The very young men who were trying to make money doing the same thing, but got criminalized and have been branded felons for life are excluded from the economic opportunities that are now available because of this new industry.”

“Some of those young men should be first in line to get the jobs that are available,” Harris said. “Their felony convictions should not be the barrier to them having employment in an industry they were a part of before it was an industry.”

“They were ahead of the curve, she added laughing as the audience erupted in applause.

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Exclusive: A disinformation campaign is coming as more adversaries emulate Russia’s model

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Matthew Osborne is a veteran Democratic operative who worked on the Dry Alabama campaign, an operation in Alabama that sought to emulate Russian tactics on Facebook, an effort to raise awareness about deceptive social media tactics that was profiled in The New York Times.

Shortly after the first debate between Democratic presidential contenders, trolls from the message board 4Chan boosted Tulsi Gabbard to the top of some online polls, earning credulous press attention witrh this sudden surge of support. At the same time, real and fake Andrew Yang supporters complained of supposed unfairness to their candidate, trending #LetYangSpeak on Twitter. While this is unlikely to make either longshot candidate the nominee, anyone looking to disrupt the Democratic Party has two new potential wedges.

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Cardi B praises presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

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Rapper Cardi B voiced support Tuesday for US Senator Bernie Sanders, a progressive mounting a campaign for the Democratic nomination, saying voters "let him down" in his 2016 bid against Hillary Clinton.

"I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I'm really sad how we let him down in 2016," the outspoken critic of President Donald Trump tweeted to her more than six million followers.

"This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time," the Bronx artist wrote of Sanders, an independent senator from the state of Vermont. "Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign."

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Pelosi’s war on progressives risks another Trump victory

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There are three reasons Trump won, and some of the leading Democrats don't seem to understand any of them

If Trump wins in 2020—and right now, he stands a good chance of doing it—you can thank Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party.

At the moment she and her allies are waging a war against progressives in order to hold onto a mythical centrist majority that doesn't exist. This threatens to repeat the mistakes of 2016, while ignoring the lessons of 2018.

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