D.C.’s Weird New Free Weed Economy

Can a marijuana market that prohibits the sale of the drug work? Stoners, rejoice: at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, stodgy Washington, D.C., became the latest and strangest frontier in the marijuana legalization movement. It’s now okay for adult residents of the District to possess two ounces of pot, grow up to six plants in their homes and share their bounty […]

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Gay Rights Activists Fire Early Shot At GOP Field

The Human Rights Campaign is firing an early shot at the emerging presidential field, releasing polling and research highlighting their opposition to same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the group unveiled a micro-site highlighting GOP rhetoric on LGBT issues, including their positions on marriage, conversion therapy and bullying. The launch is pegged to this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference, which has barred […]

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SIM Card Company Says the NSA Probably Hacked It

But it denies the NSA got access to billions of people’s mobile communications One of the world’s largest manufacturers of SIM cards has acknowledged evidence of security agency attacks on the company’s internal networks, but it’s denying that American and British intelligence agents were able to get access to billions of mobile phone users’ secure data. Gemalto, a French-Dutch supplier […]

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Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline, Only 3rd in Presidency

President Obama issued his first veto since 2010, striking down a law that would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, a major symbolic battle between environmental activists and the oil industry. “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” Obama […]

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Hillary Backs Strongest Net Neutrality Rules

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate voices support for Title II Hillary Clinton said at a Silicon Valley conference for women leaders Tuesday that she supports President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest possible rules to safe guard net neutrality. That includes, Clinton said, reclassifying broadband providers under what’s known as Title II of the Communications Act, the most controversial option available […]

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An Extraordinary Pentagon ‘Bull Session’ Over ISIS

New defense chief convenes Kuwait confab to confirm war plans College, where new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has spent as much time as at the Pentagon, loves bull sessions. That’s just what Carter did Monday, summoning U.S. military and diplomatic brainpower to an unusual closed-door session in Kuwait where some of America’s finest Middle East minds gathered to debate how […]

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Why Congress Is Feuding With Obama Over the Homeland Security Budget

President Barack Obama warned a gathering of state governors on Monday that the Department of Homeland Security would furlough tens of thousands of employees nationwide if Congress failed to replenish the agency’s funds by Friday. “We can’t afford to play politics with our national security,” Obama said during a winter meeting of the National Governors Association. But the political fight […]

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Stay Out of Senate Fight on Immigration

The path to the White House does not lead through Congressional gridlock. As Congress heads toward a showdown over immigration and the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, the three Republican Senators who are considering running for president are staying on the sidelines. Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are hanging back from the fight, letting others […]

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