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An ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Richard Graulich/ZUMA Press/NewscomYesterday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has predictably provoked renewed calls, long on outrage and short on logic, for a federal ban on so-called assault weapons. “We don’t want your prayers,” writes New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, responding to Donald Trump’s post-massacre tweet. “What we […]

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Jeff Sessions’ Advice to Pain Patients: ‘Take Some Aspirin’ and ‘Tough It Out’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a well-known admirer of Nancy Reagan’s recommendation that kids “just say no” to drugs. It turns out he applies that advice not only to curious teenagers but also to people suffering from severe pain. “I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids,” Sessions said during […]

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9th Circuit Revives Suit by Couple Whose Children Were Seized Over Bathtime Photos

Brandon K. / YelpYesterday a federal appeals court revived an Arizona couple’s lawsuit against two social workers who removed their three daughters from their custody for a month based on innocuous bathtime photos that were deemed “sexually explicit.” The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which rejected a federal judge’s […]

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Did Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Memo Restore the Rule of Law?

USDOJAttorney General Jeff Sessions said the memo on marijuana enforcement he issued yesterday represented “a return to the rule of law.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders offered the same spin, telling reporters “the president believes in enforcing federal law…regardless of what the topic is, whether it’s marijuana or whether it’s immigration.” But the the […]

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Sessions Still Is Not Leading a Cannabis Crackdown

USDOJToday Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a 2013 Justice Department memo that signaled a policy of prosecutorial restraint for state-licensed marijuana businesses. Rather than suggesting to U.S. attorneys how they should decide which marijuana cases to pursue, Sessions is letting them decide for themselves. Although that move reflects Sessions’ well-known opposition to marijuana legalization, it […]

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Roy Moore’s Claim of ‘Systematic Voter Fraud’ Is at Least As Plausible As Trump’s

C -SPANRoy Moore, who is still refusing to concede that he lost the Senate election in Alabama on December 12, has asked a state court to block certification of the results, arguing that his opponent, Doug Jones, benefited from “systematic voter fraud.” Moore’s recalcitrance is too much even for Donald Trump, who supported the Republican […]

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