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Legalizing Marijuana Dramatically Reduces Traffic Stop Searches

When weed is legal, cops have one less reason to search. That's one less opportunity for a potentially lethal confrontation. In states where marijuana has been legalized, traffic stops resulting in searches by state police are down dramatically, according to a new analysis from the Marshall Project and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Show More Summary

Can Tiny Qatar Keep Defying Its Powerful Neighbors? It May Be up to Washington

Apart from President Trump’s tweet burst, the U.S. government has given diplomatic breathing room to Qatar. The recent decision by half the nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and a few other countries to isolate fellow member Qatar came as a surprise to many – though perhaps it shouldn’t have. Show More Summary

Here Are 5 Things You Should Know About the Trial for America's 'Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio

He could end up in jail for six months unless Trump pardons him. Former “toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio is set to begin his criminal contempt trial in federal court Monday. Heading into the week-long event, here are five things you should know as we’re watching it unfold. Show More Summary

Cops Killing Blacks Has Come to Be Expected

The law seems to operate on behalf of police officers rather than the people they are sworn to serve. A police officer kills a black person in a show of excessive force and is then acquitted of all charges in a court of law. This sequence of events has played out time and again. Show More Summary

More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

The gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred. In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI's national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned. Show More Summary

Al Franken Chides the Democratic Party: 'We Gotta Stop Riding in Limousines'

The Minnesota senator talked Trumpcare and more on "Morning Joe." Sen. Al Franken's constituents are quite literally crying over Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill, revealed in draft form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...Show More Summary

Donald Trump's Demented New Attack on Barack Obama Won't Save Him

Now he's blaming his predecessor for the Russian hacks he insists didn't happen. In the wake of the big Washington Post report last week chronicling the Obama administration’s responses to the Russian interference in the presidential campaign, President Donald Trump finally admitted that it happened. Show More Summary

The TSA Is Considering an Outrageous New Policy on One of Your Most Essential Carry-On Items

The ACLU believes the policy likely violates passengers' First Amendment rights. The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is considering implementing a new national policy that would require passengers to remove books from their bags at airport checkpoints, like they would laptops. Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump Is Really Making This Claim About Her White House Job with a Straight Face

The first daughter desperately wants you to believe she's not as heartless as her father. Ivanka Trump, special assistant to the president, told Fox News on Monday: “I try to stay out of politics.” Trump was speaking to Fox and Friends, the morning show which this weekend broadcast an interview with Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Show More Summary

Trump's Racist Fans Turn on Each Other over 'Pathetic' Weekend Rally

White nationalist Richard Spencer lashes out after a meager gathering at the Lincoln Memorial. Two competing factions of President Donald Trump’s racist supporters rallied at a small event at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend to speak out for their right to free speech and against political violence. Show More Summary

'Morning Joe' Reveals How 'Crazy and Jealous' Trump Fell for Obama's 'Jedi Mind Trick'

"He got him to admit that the health care bill is mean." MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked President Donald Trump for handing Democrats a winning campaign ad for the midterm elections due to his intense jealousy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Show More Summary

John Oliver Tries Desperately to Talk Some Sense into Anti-Vaxxers Before It's Too Late

The "Last Week Tonight" host warns they're putting us all at risk. John Oliver admits he's scared of "literally everything," but perhaps nothing more than parents-turned-activists seemingly hellbent on unleasing a new plague. "Vaccines are one of humanity's most incredible accomplishments," the "Last Week Tonight" host opened Sunday. Show More Summary

Trump Is Reportedly 'Struggling to Stay Calm' as the Russia Investigation Deepens

A new investigation finds the president is consulting with his legal team daily. So are we as a nation still just going to not talk about how freaking nuts this is. President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days...Show More Summary

Trump Ditches White House Tradition of Celebrating End of Ramadan

The president isn't even masking his Islamophobia. US President Donald Trump broke a two-decade-long tradition this weekend by not hosting a White House dinner to celebrate Eid, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It...Show More Summary

Trump, With a Vicious Temperament, Seems Eager to Hasten the Doomsday Clock

Click here for reuse options! Climate catastrophe and the threat of war, make the future very dark, indeed In the center of Barcelona, sits the majestic church, still unfinished, designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). It is a 20th-century masterpiece, coddled with belief and an edge of mischief. Show More Summary

A Bare Majority of White Voters Are the Only Ones Happy With Trump

Click here for reuse options! Thanks to dissatisfied nonwhites, Trump’s low approval numbers have reached historic depths. White Americans remain the only major demographic group in which the percentage of people who think Donald Trump is doing a good job outpaces the number who think he’s doing poorly. Show More Summary

Soda and Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws to Prevent Local Regulation

Click here for reuse options! Big food has a lot of power, is willing to use it, and cares about profit, not America's health. This article first appeared in Forbes Magazine  When the city council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, placed a measure...Show More Summary

Manufactured Illiteracy and Miseducation: A Long Process of Decline Led to President Donald Trump

A deep-rooted crisis in education, and a long cultural and political decline, is what got us here. There's hope! Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has made visible a plague of deep-seated civic illiteracy, a corrupt political system and a contempt for reason that has been decades in the making. Show More Summary

6 Trigger Points: How the Conflict Between the United States and Iran Is Fast Escalating Toward War

Click here for reuse options! The United States' next ground war in the Middle East might erupt without warning. The long-simmering conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war. The battlefield is the desert expanse of eastern Syria where civil war has raged for the last five years. Show More Summary

Authoritarianism Is Making a Comeback—Here's the Time-Tested Way to Defeat It

Tyrants’ tactics require the consent of large numbers of people. The first lesson, then, is not to obey in advance. After the spread of democracy at the end of the 20th century, authoritarianism is now rolling back democracy around the globe. Show More Summary

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