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.
Cause and effect: Author Johann Hari shares successes, failures in drug policy with Democracy Now.
All The King's Men
In an effort to protect fellow Sunnis from Shiite militias, Saudi Arabia considers sending troops to Iraq.
Dumbing down: Institutionalized ignorance on rise in US. Patricia Williams for The Guardian.
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
Deliver us from evil: Former Attorney General John Ashcroft poses before pornographic works of neo-classic art.
Assembling the Oligarchy
Billionaire's club: Reality television star Donald Trump carving out administration of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. Jim Tankersley and Ana Swanson for The Washington Post.
Fair and elitist: Steve Rendall explains the thinking behind conservative interpretation of 'balance'.
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.
Midnight in the garden of deceit: Trump concedes Obama was born in the US, but not without shifting blame for five years of character assassination onto the Clinton camp. A timeline.
Bishop of Bling
Fired up: Pope removes German bishop after spending 43 million dollars on residence. Reuters.
Stand by your man: Senate Republicans wimp out on no-confidence vote.
Whale of a win: Sea Shepherd marine conservancy drives Japan from antarctic harvest.
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.
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.
Fatal attraction: As the global economy grows, qualified workers-to-jobs ratio in some nations shrinking. Amy X. Wang for Quartz.
Mythbuster: David Brooks, the voice of the GOP for the New York Times, NPR and PBS, gets his clock cleaned by Jim Naureckas for FAIR.
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.
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.
Making bank: Legal pot businesses get creative due to Federal law preventing them from banking.
Candidates On Pot
The high ground: As presidential wannabes scramble for the limelight, Dylan Stableford maps their stands on cannabis for Yahoo.
The Cannabis Equation
Would legalizing marijuana provide the panacea for budget woes? A Wenatchee, Washington lawyer crunches the numbers.
Silence of the Grams: Recent survey shows support for marijuana legalization up across the board, with one hold-out: The so-called Silent Generation. Sam Becker for The Cheat Sheet.
Adding to the ranks: The 2016 election held some surprises, including the decriminalization of marijuana in - count them - eight more states. Sam Becker for The Cheat Sheet.
Turning money into speech: Writing for Politco, Rich Lowry connects the dots between campaign finance reform and record spending, and defies common sense.
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.
Changing of the Guard
Level playing field: With the death of Justice Scalia, Dow Chemical settles lawsuit rather than face impartial court. Jeff Feeley and Greg Stohr for Bloomberg News.
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.
Clean Energy Demise
Power play: US Supreme Court blocks EPA clean energy rule. Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici for Reuters.
Just say 'No': In the wake of looser drug laws, Obama considers freeing hundreds of drug offenders. Liz Goodwin for Yahoo News.
Send in the Clowns: Peddling activism as corporate policy. Arun Gupta for Counterpunch.
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.