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"Confusion is

mightier than the

sword."

-abbie hoffman

Above the Law
Hallowed grind: With its ruling for Hobby Lobby in landmark birth-control case, high court grants special rights to employers who claim religious grounds. Mark Sherman for AP.

Abusive Power
Disputed report claims Defense Secretary Rumsfeld gave green light to prisoner abuse.

All The King's Men
In an effort to protect fellow Sunnis from Shiite militias, Saudi Arabia considers sending troops to Iraq.

Army of One
Armed for bear: In landmark decision, federal appeals court shoots down DC handgun ban 2-1, applying weight of Second Amendment equally to individuals and militias.

The Ashcroft Cover-Up
View former US Attorney General John Ashcroft standing before pornographic works of neo-classic art.

Banned in Alabama
Rep. Gerald Allen wants to legislate select works of literature into the closet, and he's got G. Dubya's ear.

The Better Budget
Austerity backlash: The Congressional Progressive Caucus has released its version of the Congressional Budget, reminding us fiscal reponsibility isn't about hoarding cash.

The Big Show
Tit for tat: In response to Pyongyang's nuclear grumblings, US throws nuke-capable B-2 Bombers - from the Show Me State no less - into the war game mix.

Bishop of Bling
Fired up: Pope removes German bishop after spending 43 million dollars on residence. Reuters.

Blackwater Verdict
Contract to kill: Jury reaches guilty verdict in Blackwater case.

Blockheads
Stand by your man: Senate Republicans wimp out on no-confidence vote.

Blubber Lubbers
Whale of a win: Sea Shepherd marine conservancy drives Japan from antarctic harvest.

Bluegrass Hemp
Catch-22: Kentucky Senate passes progressive hemp bill, but it requires a lift of the federal ban first. Bruce Schreiner for AP.

Bombs into Ploughshares
Money talks: North Korea agrees to arms agreement that swaps bombs for aid.

Boozin' Seniors
Discretionary funs: As a means of curtailing budget shortfalls, the Washington state legislature's given a green light to peddling cocktails at senior centers.

The Borneo Identity
Garden of Eden: DNA tests identify new species of leopard in Borneo's rain forest, among other discoveries.

Brokendown Palace
Housing trend: So-called "McMansion" boom hits the skids.

Bullish Science
Food for thought: FDA's approval of cloning has renewed debate over ethics, safety and the very science. William Saletan sides with the cloners for Slate.

Busy Bees
Conflict of interest: GMO giant Monsanto's purchase of Beelogics - the world's leading researcher on the collapse of honey bee colonies, largely thought to be caused by GMOs - is raising some eyebrows.

Cache-22
Making bank: Legal pot businesses get creative due to Federal law preventing them from banking.

The Cannabis Equation
Would legalizing marijuana provide the panacea for budget woes? A Wenatchee, Washington lawyer crunches the numbers.

Carbon Tax Flip
Tax, lies, and videotape: Australia's venture into the waters of carbon taxing has been a politically divisive media circus that's turned the law on its head. Rod McGuirk for AP.

Case of the Munchies
Sir Munch-A-Lot: Finally, the science behind the munchies. Chris Weller for Yahoo Health.

Cheaper in Texas
Bulk discount: Pot bust nets 3.9 tons estimated at $3.4 million. Huh? By our calculations that's less than $40 per ounce.

Clemency
Just say 'No': In the wake of looser drug laws, Obama considers freeing hundreds of drug offenders. Liz Goodwin for Yahoo News.

Climate March
Send in the Clowns: Peddling activism as corporate policy. Arun Gupta for Counterpunch.

Closeting Growers
Turning up the Heat: With the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, medicinal use of marijuana became legal in California. In turn the Feds stepped up their war on suppliers, driving them further underground. Michael Polson reports for In These Times.

Clubbing Anonymity to Death
Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion And Numbering (CASPIAN) expose the downside of your grocery store playing Big Brother.

Collateral Damnage
The slaying of an Italian negotiator by American forces in Iraq may bode ill for Rome's already cool support of the war.

Congressional Cannabis
Extreme makeover: Lawmakers ask Obama to re-classify marijuana, and it's got at least one venture all a-twitter.

Conspicuous Austerity
Running on empty: Raphael Fellmer of Berlin has taken voluntary simplicity to a whole new level.


Corporate Favoritism
Tropical vacation: Tax-free offshore deposits and other perks the rest of us don't enjoy.

Corporate Personhood
Timing is everything: In 1868 the US Supreme Court ruled corporations are not people. In 1889, they are. A timeline.

Crude Strategy
Ever the oil president, G. Dubya calls for doubling America's strategic oil reserve, driving up prices.

Crunching the Deficit
Bean counters: Record tax collections and a reduced deficit don't really add up, unless you're number crunching for the White House.

Culture Battle
Heavyweight showdown: After several years of "evolving", the White House doesn't so much as weigh in on the side of gay marriage, as it does against the "separate but equal" spin of domestic partnership states. Ryan J. Reilly for The Huffington Post.

Cut and Run
After over-billing American taxpayers on no-bid contracts in Iraq, Halliburton announces move of its headquarters to Dubai where it won't be subject to corporate and payroll taxes. Our prediction: Upon completion of his term as G. Dubya's palace guard, Vice President Dick Cheney will follow the Company to the Middle-east where he'll take his cut from the oil service giant's ill-gotten gains without the annoying scrutiny of the press, Congress.

Dark Shadows
Let the sunshine in: G. Dubya's policy of keeping American's in the dark - and repeatedly violating the Freedom of Information Act - may be finally catching up with him.

DEA Moves Against Hemp
Got hemp? Then you may be a lawbreaker. The DEA report which became law.

Deaf, Dumb and Blind
When a former Supreme Court Justice warns America's on the same slippery slope that's resulted in dictatorship elsewhere in the world, it's news right? Think again. Jack Shafer makes excuses for Slate.

Deafening Whales
Oil mad: Ted Danson and Andrew Sharpless petition the president to ban seismic airguns - used to locate oil and gas on the sea floor - in Atlantic Ocean.

DEA's Big Fish
Cardinal sin: In response to America's oxycodone "epidemic", DEA goes after Fortune 500 pharmaceutical. Donna Leinwand for USA Today.

Derailing the Campaign Train
Game over: Social media delivered for Obama in 2012. That won't happen again if Mark Zuckerburg can help it. Jon Ward for Yahoo News.

Dial-up Hell
Slow to connect: AOL posts profit on some 3 million dial-up subscribers. Dan Frommer for SpatF.

Diminishing Returns
The butterfly effect: The number of migrating monarch butterflies lowest on record. Mark Stevenson for AP.

Dotcom Con
Piracy tool: A year after his Megaupload site was shuttered by US Prosecutors, Kim Dotcom opens new and improved file exchange.

The Downing Street Memo
In Britain it's been referred to as "The smoking gun" in irrefutable evidence that the US invasion of Iraq was a done deal eight months prior to the advent of bombing, while in America it's gone largely uncommented on by the vast conspiratorial liberal media.

Due Formality
Blind justice: The American judicial system is based on due process, but in the highest court of the land tradition comes above all else.

Dumb Conservatives
Dumb and dumber: British study finds correlation between conservative prejudices and low IQ.

Duped
Senate Intelligence Committee: The American people were duped when it came to reports of a Saddam/al-Qaida link. Duh.

Execution Ethics
Medical wrench: The insistence of some states to have doctors assist in executions flies in the face of the Hippocratic Oath.

Expression Upheld
In a split (5-4) decision, the Supreme Court disallows internet anti-pornography law.

Farewell to Arms
The plunder years: Iraq war veteran Thomas Young pens his final words to G. Dubya and Dick Cheney, bringing into sharp focus why US presence in Baghdad was criminal.

Fence Mending?
G. Dubya looks to be trying to repair the damage done, but by spreading around his "capital", one wonders if he isn't just trying to broaden his boot print on the world.

A Few Good Men
China's strict social policy blamed for pronounced gender gap.

Fightin' Words
Deja vu: Suspicious satellite images and Iran's reluctance to bend over and take it from the IAEA has the Pentagon buzzing. Sounds all too familiar, but do Americans have the stomach for yet another war?

Free At Last
Late to the ball: Mississippi becomes last state to ratify thirteenth amendment.

Fresh Take
Truth in advertising: When it comes to fast food, words defy definition.

Frick n' Frack
Frack-tured science: Former Mobile VP at odds with frackers.

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