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Addiction Redux
Cause and effect: Author Johann Hari shares successes, failures in drug policy with Democracy Now.

Addictive Recidivism
Cookie-cutter justice: Ex-con's story highlights glaring glitches in US drug policy. Amy B. Wang for The Washington Post.

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.

American Intellectualism
Dumbing down: Institutionalized ignorance on rise in US. Patricia Williams for The Guardian.

American Junta
Down the rabbit hole: In wake of offensive tweets, bill proposing commisssion to review reality television star's mental health quietly garners support. Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News.

Evolving positions: Poll reflects changing opinions about marijuana, use. Andrew Romano for Yahoo News..

Arms Race
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.

Artificial Intelligence
Hollywood was right: AI is not your friend. Michael B. Kelley for Yahoo Finance.

The Ashcroft Cover-up
Deliver us from evil: Former Attorney General John Ashcroft poses before pornographic works of neo-classic art.

Battle Posture
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.

Better Care Act
Fools rush in: GOP Senate releases version of health care bill in rush to get 'er done, screwing the poor, sick, and middle-class with superfluous penalties, caps. Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan for Bloomberg.

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.

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.

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

Brain Drain
Fatal attraction: As the global economy grows, qualified workers-to-jobs ratio in some nations shrinking. Amy X. Wang for Quartz.

Brain Hacks
The addiction code: Today, silicon valley programs with one goal in mind. Anderson Cooper for 60 minutes.

Bubble Culture
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.

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.

Candidates On Pot
The high ground: As presidential wannabes scramble for the limelight, Dylan Stableford maps their stands on cannabis for Yahoo.

Cannabis Crackdown
Southern crackpot: Part-time perjuror and full-time US Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn't going to let states' rights stand in the way of convicting pot smokers. Harriet Sinclair for Newsweek.

Cannabis Cruise
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.

Cannabis Haters
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.

Cannabis Tide
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.

Capital Alchemy
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.

Channeling Putin
Whack-a-mole: Reality television star's son-in-law faces scrutiny over back-channel communications. Mallory Shelbourne for The Hill.

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.

Child Soldiers
Turning a blind eye: State Department strikes countries from list of nations that recruit children for battle in hopes of currying favor. Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick for Reuters.

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

Climate Discord
Fake data: White House pulls out of Paris Agreement, citing study own authors dispute. Christopher Wilson for Yahoo News.

Climate Fight
Kicking it down the road: The Paris Climate Accord sets lofty goals for carbon reduction. Unfortunately, it relies on technology that has yet to be invented. Abby Rabinowitz for Wired.

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

Climate Report
Nothing to see here, folks: White House shrugs off Fed's report on climate change as inconducive with administration's narrative. BBC.

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.

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

Conspiracy Platform
Foxy peacock: Megyn Kelly interview with not-so-merry prankster Alex Jones more Fox tabloid than responsible journalism. Dylan Stableford on disturbing trend at NBC.

Copy Skat
The art of the scam: Why copying and pasting posts on Facebook can be hazardous to your wealth. Thanks ThatsNonsense,com.

Corporate Favoritism
Tropical escape: 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.

Cosmic Dustbin
We are stardust: An estimated five to 300 tons of cosmic debris falls to earth each day. Nancy Atkinson explains its importance for Universe Today.

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.

Culture Wars
Stirring the pot: Ever the politician, reality televsion star takes on the gays to fire up his base. Chris Riotta covers the schizophrenia for Newsweek.

Cyclical Bigotry
Herd mentality: Andrew Romano and Lisa Belkin examine the psychology of haters for Yahoo News.

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.

'Deface' The Nation
Trump First: Reality television star's appearance on Face The Nation a rambling endorsement of autocrats, condemnation of Dems, ACA, mainstream media, all the while fawning over himself. The full transcript from CBS News.

Bitch fight: Pyongyang steps up anti-American rhetoric over White House remarks, drills. Park Chan-Kyong for AFP.

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.

Deregulation Order
Lawless math: White House issues executive order requiring omission of two regulations for every new one gained, a formula that defies logic, Congress. Ayesha Rascoe for Reuters.

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

Digital Privacy
Free speech freeze: Twitter sues feds to block unmasking of Trump critics. Mike Isaac with real news for The New York Times.

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

Compassionate access: As states increasingly embrace medical marijuana, the department of justice is late to the ball. Bill Piper for The Huffington Post.

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.

Drive-by Spying
Data mining the asphalt highway: Sketchy details of DEA's license plate tracking program come to light. Bennett Stein and Jay Stanley for the ACLU.

Dropping the H-bomb
Playing with fire: Pyongyang tests reality television star's resolve with hydrogen bomb claim. Jack Kim and Ju-min Park for Reuters.

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

Dumb on Crime
Private prison boom: US Attorney General and part-time Keebler elf Jeff Sessions restores failed drug war policies, strict enforcement, mandatory sentencing, swollen prison population. Joseph Tanfani and Evan Harper for The Los Angeles Times.

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

The Education Secretary
Bull in a china shop: Trump's billionaire appointee for Secretary of Education has history of derailing public education. Stephen Henderson for The Detroit Free Press.

Enemy of the People
On a dark horse: Ever the foe of criticism, self-reflection, Trump administration puts petition site We the People on notice. Steve Nelson for US News and World Report.

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.

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?

Flirting With Treason
Connect-the-dots: New scrutiny over emails of Trump aide and former chief of staff to Jeff Sessions. Manu Raju and Marshall Cohen for CNN.

Fox 'News'
Gaffes and laughs: A week after firing Bill O'Reilly, network looks like a parody of itself. Sonia Saraiya for Variety.

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

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

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