23 Dec 2014

Public Strongly Supports Opening Relations with Cuba

President Obama’s recent decision to change course on Cuba has garnered overwhelming support from the general public. By roughly a two-to-one margin, the country supports establishing diplomatic relations, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. It found that 64 percent of Americans back opening diplomatic relations with the nation.

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19 Dec 2014

Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup:

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18 Dec 2014

Why Act Now on Cuba

It is no accident that President Obama announced his decision to move forward with normalizing relations with Cuba yesterday. Four big factors made this the ideal moment. 1) Being a lame duck has its advantages – President Obama will never face an election again nor need to worry about how

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17 Dec 2014

Voters Are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has one very good number for Republicans. It found that an incredible 71 percent of voters want the next president to use a different approach for governing than President Obama. For the Republican party it is easy to cater to this disenchantment with

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16 Dec 2014

Anti-Pot Congressmen Indirectly Admit Obama Has a Way to Let DC Legalize Marijuana

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts.

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16 Dec 2014

Anti-Pot Congressmen Indirectly Admit Obama Has a Way to Let DC Legalize Marijuana

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts. In the Washington Post

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15 Dec 2014

Making All the People Unhappy All the Time

Congress’s overall approval rating continues to remain extremely bad, but in their terribleness they have managed to achieve something that would be impressive if it wasn’t so depressing. Gallup found that disapproval with Congress is basically equal among all political groups. Regular Republicans, Democrats and Independents all have an almost

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14 Dec 2014

Omnibus Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag for Marijuana Reform

Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad.

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14 Dec 2014

Omnibus Funding Bill is a Mixed Bag for Marijuana Reform

Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad. On the positive side: Protection for medical marijuana patients. The funding bill contained a provision preventing the Department of

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13 Dec 2014

We’re Not Very Good at Bombing Countries into Peace and Prosperity

After over a decade of military involvement in Afghanistan and billion spend on trying to build it up, the nation is arguably the worst place on Earth to live and things still are deteriorating.

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