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-abbie hoffman

ACA Under Assault
Sticks and bones: GOP lawsuit one step closer to dismantling Affordable Care Act. Alice Miranda Ollstein and James Arkin for Politico.

Work-to-play: Appeals court rules against Arkansas work requirement, because it violates medicaid's statutory goal of providing unrestricted access to coverage. Lydia Wheeler and Andrew Harris for Bloomberg.

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

The Adrian Darya 1
Cat and mouse game: A drama has been playing out on the high seas between Iran and the US involving bribes, sanctions, and center stage, a hulking oil tanker. Deirdre Shesgreen and Kim Hjelmgaard for USA TODAY.

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..

'Anarchist Jurisdictions'
Divide and conjure: Conjuring images of cities laid waste by protests, DOJ creates hit list of Trump detractors. Allan Smith for NBC News.

Anatomy of a Pandemic
Art of the hunch: Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Robert Costa and Lena H. Sun unpack White House response to COVID-19 that pits television persona against science.

Arctic Meltdown
Feeling the heat: Absence of sea ice may signal doom for arctic ecosystems, fisheries. Dan Joling for AP.

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.

Arms Trade Treaty
Merchants of death: In move that unwittingly paints NRA as haven for international gun dealers, reality television star abandons global arms treaty, joining ranks with Russia, North Korea, Syria. Missy Ryan and John Hudson for The Washington Post.

Articles of Impeachment
You be the judge: With acquittal looming, read the full, downloadable articles of impeachment.

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.

Asylum Ban
Like a good neighbor: Court strikes down "third-country asylum rule" requiring seekers first apply for asylum in country close to home. Dennis Romero and Julia Ainsley for NBC News.

Backdoor Appointments
Bad actors: Like many Trump appointees, federal court rules DHS secretary appointment undercut process, pauses policy over concerns of legitimacy. Peter Weber for The Week.

The Bad Lieutenant
"The Vindman Rule": White House adopts stricter policy on phone calls after Lieutenant Colonel's testimony in effort to insulate president, reward loyalty. Alex Marquardt, Zachary Cohen and Pamela Brown for CNN.

Fight-or-flight: As America takes flight from Middle East, Iran steps up fight with embassy attack. Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey for The Washington Post.

Bailout Powers
The "O" word: White House uses signing of coronavirus relief bill to kill oversight. Kyle Cheney covers self-aggrandizing dictator's latest abuse for Politico.

Barring Justice
Pocket pals: US Attorney General William Barr seeks reduced sentence for reality television star crony Roger Stone, prosecutors resign in protest. Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker for AP.

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.

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.

Birthday Hype
Love and rockets: Putin commemorates birthday with missile test as sunset approaches for key arms treaty. Nataliya Vasilyeva for The Telegraph.

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.

Blood Sport
Death cab for Gammy: When the gods of commerce require blood sacrifice to protect markets from pandemic fallout, party of Family Values all too eager to offer up grandparents. Christopher Wilson for Yahoo News.

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

Stormy weather: When a storm's barometric pressure drops by twenty four milibars in as many hours, it's considered a "bomb cyclone", a quickly developing hurricane, even in the middle of winter. Jacy Marmaduke and Doyle Rice explain it for USA TODAY.

Knights in white satin: Homeland Security issues warning over far-right extremists, reality television star points the other way. Natasha Bertrand for Politico.

Boogaloo Extremists
Up with arms: Congressional hearing on domestic terrorism paints boogaloo as disjointed network of right-wing gun enthusiasts in search of a movement. Caitlin Dickson for Yahoo News.

The Border Wall
Donald's breach party: Nick Miroff offers a how-to on penetrating the southern border wall for The Washington Post.

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

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

The Brexit Bunch
Russia, Russia, Russia: Lawmakers demanding release of intelligence report on Russia meddling in British elections. Sound familiar? Ivana Kottasova for CNN.

Brick and Border
Non-essential business: While the coronavirus pandemic has halted most work in the US, the border wall continues its path of cultural, environmental destruction unabated. Quinn Owen for ABC News.

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 Tax
Growing pains: California raises taxes it collects on cannabis products to the dismay of struggling retailers, growers. Michael R. Blood for AP.

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 Politico, Rich Lowry connects the dots between campaign finance reform and record spending, and defies common sense.

Capital One Breach
What's in your wallet? Hacked from the inside, Capital One cyber attack presents new challenges to security. Kate Fazzini for CNBC.

Caveat to Liberty
We'll leave the light off: New immigration "public charge" provision removes promise from American ethos. Quint Forgey for Politico.

Census Fences
Numbers matter: From COVID infections to polling to 2020 census, reality television star clear opponent of access, data. Mike Schneider unpacks SCOTUS ruling that favors politics over accuracy for AP.

Census Fight
Numbers count: Reversing 250 years of policy, White House moves to strip Congress of census powers, representative governorship. Mike Schneider for AP.

Central Bank Slump
Fiscal virus: Central banks were created to thwart recession and inflation, stimulate employment and spending. But with Fed rates near zero, the economy looks to have become immune to its charms. Greg Ip unpacks it for The Wall Street Journal.

Cheaper in Texas
Bulk discount: Pot bust nets 3.9 tons estimated at $3.4 million. Huh? By our calculations that's less than $30 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.

Circle Jerk
Made you look: Navy and Army find nothing nefarious behind hand sign flashes at Army-Navy competition, blame it on game. Chris Bumbaca for USA TODAY.

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 Finance
A perfect financial storm: Short-sightedness in markets, changing climate may result in economic collapse, Union of Concerned Scientists warn. Irena Ivanova explains the math for CBS News.

Climate Guarantee
Blowing up the popsicle stand: Reality television star on track to cook planet. Seth Borenstein for AP.

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.

Cohen Testy-mony
Do the right thang: Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen comes clean before House Oversight Committee and GOP leadership gets testy. CBS News.

Coke Bust
High seas haul: Uruguay officials seize 4.4 tons pure cocaine in record $1.3 billion bust. GMA.

Coloured Deference
Inescapable irony: Minnesota state police
arrest black reporter and crew, clear white reporter in response to racially ignited protest. Jason Hanna with the on-air arrest for CNN.

Confederate Ban
Renewed engagement: US Marine Corps steps up removal of Confederate flag image from all its installations in wake of George Floyd protests, statue removal. Brendan Cole for Newsweek.

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

Conspiracy Factory
Birth of a notion: Peddled by Fox and handful of social media power brokers, Amy Qin, Vivian Wang and Danny Hakim roadmap how wackadoodle goes mainstream for The New York Times.

Conspiracy Platform
Foxy peacock: Megyn Kelly interview with not-so-merry prankster Alex Jones more Fox tabloid than legitimate 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.

Dorm no. 28: Alabama model of what not to do in response to potential pandemic. Todd Frankel for The Washington Post.

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.

Hook, line and sinker: US steps up arms race (again) in response to Moscow's hypersonic nuke. Mickael Peck for The National Interest.

China syndrome: US counterintelligence recommends broad approach by civilian population for countering espionage. Caitlin Yilek for Washington Examiner.

Court of Public Opinion
Shopping for approval: When it comes to impeachment, GOP and Dems have two very different approaches. Michelle Lee, Anu Narayanswamy and Mike DeBonis unpack it for The Washington Post.

COVID Task Force
Lord of the Flies: Whistleblower describes task force more focused on rewarding cronies than protecting public, frontline workers. Sine'ad Baker for Business Insider.

The COVID Train
Fear and loathing on the campaign trail: After mocking masks, reality television star, aides, test positive for COVID-19, placing pandemic response center stage. John McCormick and Michael C. Bender for The Wall Street Journal.

Cremation Quandary
Ashes to ashes: Cremations in US account for an estimated 360,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Becky Little considers alternatives for National Geographic.

Crowdfunding Fraud
Honey badger boo boo: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon arrested in fundraising shell game. Dylan Stableford for Yahoo News.

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Cuckold In Chief
The $400 million question: Reality television star suggests he's been ham-stringed by lawyers, IRS, evasive on debt. Igor Derysh highlights NBC News town hall for Salon.

The Cultural Revolution
Bulldozer state: The War on Terror has revived China's Cultural Revolution, Uighur Muslims its target. Rachel Harris for The Guardian.

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 HuffPost.

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.

DACA Decision
So much winning: SCOTUS spares Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from chopping block, reality television star goes "2nd Amendment" on their asses. Hayley Miller for HuffPost.

Dark Horse
Out of the gate: Reality television star declares himself winner on first day of Republican National Convention, despite reservations. Kevin Liptak for CNN.

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.

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.

Diversity Pinch
Eyes wide shut: In effort to stymie racism, reality television star issues executive order to ignore it. Jessica Guynn for USA TODAY.

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

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

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 boon: 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.

Economic Fallout
Submerging markets: "We cannot stress enough the degree of uncertainty surrounding these projections. These are truly unprecedented events with no adequate historical example with which to precisely anchor our forecast." - Peter Hooper, Economist for Deutsche Bank

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

Electoral College
Higher education: In win for voters, SCOTUS rules state requirements electors uphold popular vote as constitutional. Pete Williams for NBC News.

Endangering Species Act
If it ain't broke: White House fix for Endangered Species Act relegates conservationism to twentieth century. Valerie Volcovici for Reuters.

'Essential Worker'
What's in a name: Why White House press secretary doesn't get to call herself an essential worker. Kathleen N. Walsh for The Independent.

The Evangelical Vote
Wayward Christian soldiers: A growing number of evangelicals are abandoning Trump camp over faith. John Ward reports from the pews for Yahoo News.

Extremist Blame
Much ado about Boogaloo: Civil unrest has been blamed by both sides of the aisle on extremist groups, right and left. Ben Schreckinger follows the blame game for Politico.

Fair Housing
War on poor: Having never met a rule that hurts America's most vulnerable he didn't like, reality television star goes after public housing, rent control. Kristin Myers for Yahoo Finance.

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.

Federal Occupation
Body snatchers: City of Roses finds itself under siege by unidentified agents, unwarranted arrests, unmarked vehicles. N'dea Yancey-Bragg, Kristine Phillips and Lindsay Schnell for USA TODAY.

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?

Fired Up
Curb your enthusiasm: In effort to provide an echo chamber experience, media outlets axing hosts who don't toe the line. Vanessa Swales for The Independent.

Food Fight
Deep-dish conspiracy: Sounding more like POTUS than an ousted pizza mogul, John Schnatter (Papa John's) threatens pay-back, blames others for downfall. Ewan Palmer for Newsweek.

Food Stamp Stomp
Rose-tinted spread sheets: Citing questionable data (unemployment rate - it drops as benefits run out; new hires - 'tis the season of temporary employment), USDA barreling ahead with rules to trample program for most vulnerable. Krystal Hu for Yahoo Finance.

Fossil In Chief
Tilting at windmills: Reality television star doubles down on commitment to fossil fuels, distrust of wind. Peter Stubley for The Independent.

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.

Fungus Among Us
Smarty SpongeBob SquarePants: P. polycephalum, single-celled brainless amoebae commonly known as slime mold, is redefining intelligence. Ferris Jabr for Scientific American.

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