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Canada’s Largest Addiction Teaching Hospital Calls for Marijuana Legalization With Tight Controls

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, took the bold step of calling for legalization of marijuana, subjected to very strict controls. Their policy recommendation is...Show More Summary

Bank of America’s No-Bid Prison Contract Facing Criticism in Congress

The prison banking industry is really taking off with an assortment of small time players on the state level snatching all the taxpayer and prisoner money they can. But one of the Too Big To Fail Wall Street banks has it locked up on the federal level. And surprise surprise they have friends at Treasury ready to give them special deals.

How You Know Your Political Brand Has Problems

The Democratic party needs to bank on Independents in red states this year because all three incumbent Democratic senators in conservative-leaning states are trailing in the polls.

Holder and FBI Looking to Stop Civilian Use of Strong Crypto

Need more evidence that the government wants access to all your private information? Then check out the recent move by Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI to subvert the use of strong cryptography by the average citizen. As noted...Show More Summary

Fired Professor Steven Salaita’s Speech at Columbia College Chicago on Israel, Civility & Academic Freedom

This week, Professor Steven Salaita has been touring college and university campuses in the Chicago area to speak about the issue of academic freedom of campuses, to share his story with students and to discuss what can be done next to fight for him and restore academic freedom at UIUC.

New Poll: Medical Marijuana Winning in Florida

There is very good news for medical marijuana in Florida. A new University of North Florida poll of likely voters found Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, with overwhelmingly support.

Unrest Spreads in Turkey as ISIS-Friendly Government Clashes With Kurds

Civil unrest has been steadily increasing in Turkey as ISIS fights to fully takeover the Kurdish dominated city of Kobani that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border. This week has seen riots throughout Turkey in cities where Kurds are present...Show More Summary

The Roundup

- An online poll found a disturbing number of Israeli respondents, 46 percent, would want Ebola to be sent to President Barack Obama. This reflects a society of entitlement and privilege despite the huge support given by the U.S. - The United Nations called for $35 million to assist displaced residents in Libya. Show More Summary

Oh more of this!

Austerity has worked so well in hurting as many people in as many ways as possible. And the gift keeps on giving.

Late Late Night FDL: Express Yourself (Say Yes)

Jon Batiste and Stay Human -- Express Yourself (Say Yes) on The Colbert Report.

Polling Improves for Sen. Pat Roberts

Kansas seems to be returning to its red roots. For a while it looked like Incumbent Kansas Senator Pat Roberts was going to lose to Independent Greg Orman; but as we get closer to the election, Roberts has seen his polling start to turn around.

Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

These inmates are among 500 from Vermont who have been shipped to facilities in other states. With CCA’s contract due to expire in July, Firedoglake is teaming up with Grassroots Leadership to demand Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin bring...Show More Summary

Are Oregon Sheriffs Concerned About Pot Use or Losing Money?

Ironically, the anti-legalization campaign the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is bankrolling has focused on trying to scare voters about the possibility of "Big Marijuana." Implicitly their argument is that the possibility of extra financial gain will inherently make people behave in immoral and socially destructive ways. Show More Summary

NSA Claims Notifications to Congress About Authorized Leaks of Intelligence Are ‘Top Secret’

Whether the White House or any agency in the executive branch has made “authorized disclosures” of “national intelligence” and reported these disclosures to Congress is considered top secret information, according to the National Security Agency (NSA).

Susan G. Komen Foundation Under Fire for Partnership With Fracking Company

Komen is facing a backlash after it was announced that Baker Hughes was a partner. After making a $100,000 donation, Hughes will paint 1,000 drill bits "Passionately Pink" the color of the Komen Foundation. Bits that will be used for...Show More Summary

Affordable Care Act Is Not Working Better Than Anyone Expected

Paul Krugman has new Rolling Stone article, In Defense of Obama, but he decides he needs some historical revision for his defense. He claims the Affordable Care Act is "working better than anyone expected."

Much of ISIS’ Ammunition From US Government

The law of unintended consequences strikes again. According to a study by Conflict Armament Research, much of the ammunition that ISIS is using to take over large parts of Iraq and Syria is American in origin. An estimated 19% of the ammo being fired by ISIS has been indirectly supplied by the US military, in many cases to fight ISIS. Show More Summary

Democratic Base Is Not At All Enthusiastic About This Election

The only small upside for Democrats is that the enthusiasm gap isn't quite as bad as 2010.

Ebola Cases Break 8,000 As Leaders Say Response Has Failed

The world health system, such as it is, has “failed miserably” in its response to the recent Ebola outbreak according to World Bank President Jim Kim. Kim also said that due to those failures the disease will continue to spread throughout the world. Ebola has already killed over 3,800 people in West Africa. Show More Summary

The Roundup

- The Pentagon does not believe airstrikes against the Islamic State will workand no quick victory as there are no real allies within Syria - John Pilger: "From Pol Pot to ISIS" - Trevor Timm: "The most important national-security secrets case you've never heard of"

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