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.
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.
Contract to kill: Jury reaches guilty verdict in Blackwater case.
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.
Housing trend: So-called "McMansion" boom hits the skids.
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.
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.
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.
Clubbing Anonymity to Death
Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion And Numbering (CASPIAN) expose the downside of your grocery store playing Big Brother.
The slaying of an Italian negotiator by American forces in Iraq may bode ill for Rome's already cool support of the war.
Extreme makeover: Lawmakers ask Obama to re-classify marijuana, and it's got at least one venture all a-twitter.
Running on empty: Raphael Fellmer of Berlin has taken voluntary simplicity to a whole new level.