Cause and effect: Author Johann Hari shares successes, failures in drug policy with Democracy Now.
The blame game: Ever ready to demonize a minority, Trump blames House Dems for demise of health care replacement. Robert Costa, Mike Debonis and Ed O'Keefe for The Washington Post.
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.
Evolving positions: Poll reflects changing opinions about marijuana, use. Andrew Romano for Yahoo News..
Fool's gold: America leads the way in military spending, accounting for a full third globally. Michael B. Sauter, Evan Comen and Samuel Stebbins for 24/7 Wall St.
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".
Full steam ahead: Bolstered by America's affinity for TNT, White House deploys force to Korean peninsula. Michael Langan for AFP.
Being Donald Trump
Mental as anything: Trump's tweets and embrace of conspiracy look to be symptoms of psychosis, or are they? Sharon Begley for Stat News.
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.
The Bitter Budget
Skinned alive: Budget proposal resurrects the bones of Reaganism. Rick Newman for Yahoo News.
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.
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.
Motley fool: There's a lesson to be learned about conservatism in sinking of cannabis themed cruise, organizer's response. Rick Newman for Yahoo Finance.
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.
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.
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.