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  • Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue to Overturn Legal Weed in Colorado

    18 December 2014, 8:23 pm by: Josh Harkinson

    The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma petitioned the US Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn pot legalization in Colorado, arguing that its legal weed has been spilling across their borders and fueling crime.…
  • How Will We Look Back on Drone Strikes in 2019?

    18 December 2014, 5:30 pm by: Tom Engelhardt

    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website.…
  • Mystery Chart of the Day: What's Up With All the Skinny Economists?

    18 December 2014, 5:22 pm by: Kevin Drum

    The chart on the right is excerpted from the Wall Street Journal. It shows which occupations have the lowest obesity rates, and most of it makes sense. There are folks who do a lot of physical labor (janitors, maids, cooks, etc.). There are health…
  • Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk

    18 December 2014, 3:01 pm by: Ben Adler

    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.…
  • Rick Perry Is One Lucky Dude

    18 December 2014, 2:00 pm by: Kevin Drum

    From James Pethokoukis:…
  • Executions Just Hit a 20-Year Low

    18 December 2014, 12:43 pm by: Sam Brodey

    There's some encouraging news this week in the usually gloomy realm of criminal justice. According to a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC), there were fewer executions this year than in any year since 1994—and fewer new death…
  • Yeah, Democrats Are Pretty Pro-Corporate Too

    18 December 2014, 12:39 pm by: Kevin Drum

    A couple of days ago I poured cold water on the idea that tea partiers might join up with the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party to form some kind of populist anti-corporate coalition. "Every once in a while they'll get themselves exercised over…
  • Is Vladimir Putin Ready to Make a Deal?

    18 December 2014, 11:53 am by: Kevin Drum

    In his yearly press conference, Vladimir Putin appeared to be trying to cool down the rhetoric over Ukraine:…
  • The First Person Jeb Bush Followed on Twitter Was Karl Rove

    18 December 2014, 11:23 am by: Tim Murphy

    Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush is running for president. (Maybe.) But just how much does he have in common with his brother, George W.? His Twitter page might offer a clue. The first human Jeb followed on Twitter was none other than his brother's…
  • Listen to the Real Stephen Colbert Explain How He Maintained His Flawless Character for 9 Years

    18 December 2014, 11:03 am by: James West

    The curtain comes down on The Colbert Report Thursday night after a spectacular nine-year run on Comedy Central. But a big question remains: How on Earth did Colbert stay in character for so long?…

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