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Science: DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa

September 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans. People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago. Now, analysis of nearly 500 human genomes appears to have turned up the weak signal of an earlier migration. But the results suggest this early wave of Homo sapiens all but vanished, so it does not drastically alter prevailing theories of our origins. Writing in Nature, Luca Pagani, Mait Metspalu and colleagues describe hints of this pioneer group in their analysis of DNA in people from the Oceanian nation of Papua New Guinea." (09/22/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37408014  

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Senate splits over bill to avoid “government shutdown”

September 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A behind-the-scenes congressional battle to avoid a U.S. government shutdown broke into public view on Thursday when Republicans produced a stop-gap funding bill that Democrats immediately rejected. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and Congress must pass a spending measure by then to keep the government open. In recent years, lawmakers have seldom been able to agree on a full federal budget and instead have relied on stop-gap measures. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell capped weeks of labored negotiations by proposing a continuing resolution that would fund government agencies from Oct. 1 through Dec. 9 at an annual rate of just over $1 trillion. The measure also includes $1.1 billion to combat the spreading Zika virus, $500 million in flood relief for states including Louisiana and funding for U.S. military operations overseas at an annual rate of $74 billion." (09/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-funding-idUSKCN11S2DF  

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NC: Charlotte police chief starts waffling on claims police shooting victim was armed

September 22, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"Video of Tuesday's fatal police shooting doesn't definitively show the victim pointing a gun, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday after viewing it. Police say they saw Keith Lamont Scott armed with a handgun when he exited his vehicle at a University City apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. But Putney said the video does not provide 'absolute, definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun. I didn't see that in the videos I reviewed.' ... Scott's family will be invited to watch the video of the shooting, Putney said, but police have no plans to release the footage to the public." [editor's note: I predict it will eventually come out that the "he had a gun" claim was 100% pure Grade A bullshit, that the city's taxpayers will have to write a big check to the victim's family, and that the perps almost certainly won't face real justice - TLK] (09/22/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article103380852.html  

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Google Allo: Don’t use it, says Edward Snowden

September 22, 2016
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ZDNet ZDNet    

"Google's Allo messaging app and its Assistant bot has finally arrived, but it's been slammed for reneging on a promise that it would, by default, make it more difficult to spy on. Because of the missing privacy feature, NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden's first take of Allo after yesterday's US launch is that it's just a honeypot for surveillance." (09/22/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-allo-dont-use-it-says-edward-snowden/  

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NC: McRory declares state of emergency, deploys troops in Charlotte

September 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"After a second night of violent demonstrations here that left one man clinging to life and several businesses damaged, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency just before midnight Wednesday and sent the National Guard and state troopers to assist local police. ... In the aftermath of the death Tuesday afternoon of Keith Lamont Scott, anger in the streets turned to looting, arson and other property damage in the swanky downtown .... At a news conference Wednesday, Charlotte police insisted that Scott had a gun and was posing an 'imminent deadly threat' when officers shot him outside an apartment complex near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Scott's family, however, said he was unarmed when he was killed and was instead reading a book in his car while waiting to pick up his child from school ..." (09/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2016/09/21/cba5221c-800b-11e6-8d0c-fb6c00c90481_story.html  

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Fed stands pat on rates, signals December hike

September 22, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A divided Federal Reserve held its key interest rate steady Wednesday and once again lowered its projected path of rate increases amid a weaker economic outlook, but signaled that a hike later this year is likely. 'The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objective,' the Fed said in a statement after a two-day meeting. The decision was widely expected and marked a significant concession from a Fed that in December had forecast four quarter-point rate increases in 2016. Instead, it's almost certain the Fed will bump up rates just once, at most, this year, possibly at a mid-December meeting after the presidential election. Yet a move later this year appears increasingly likely. Ten of the 17 Fed officials still expect one rate hike this year." (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/09/21/fed-stands-pat-rates-signals-dec-hike/90776920  

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Egypt: News chief fired after airing wrong Sisi interview

September 22, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The head of news at Egyptian state television has been sacked after the channel mistakenly aired an old interview of the country's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Channel 1 was expected to broadcast a recent interview the president granted to the US network PBS. But it instead aired a year-old interview with the same network. The transmission was halted when staff realised the mistake. Mostafa Shehata confirmed he was fired. But he told AFP news agency that it was 'illogical' as other people had been involved in the transmission as well, putting it down to 'fate.' The broadcast had been timed to link in with the president's current visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York." [editor's note: Maybe Egypt is coming into the modern world, since he was fired instead of just being beheaded - SAT] (09/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37430845  

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UK: Anti-Trump campaigners hit London’s streets in red bus

September 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Activists urging American expats in Britain to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election took to the streets of London on Wednesday in a red open-top double-decker bus adorned with anti-Donald Trump posters. Organisers, online activist network Avaaz, put up flags, balloons and posters reading 'American Abroad: Vote to Stop Trump' on the bus, referring to the Republican presidential nominee who faces Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 vote. Some 30 activists filled the top of the bus as it made its way around the British capital, chanting 'Stop Trump!' and singing along to the Bruce Springsteen song, 'Born In The U.S.A.' The bus made stops along the way, with campaigners using tablets to help some expats register for the vote. Some eight million Americans live abroad, of which more than 220,000 live in Britain. However, just 12 percent of them vote, Avaaz said in a statement." (09/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-london-bus-idUSKCN11R292  

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Study: Policy issues nearly absent in presidential campaign coverage

September 22, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The stakes in the election are high. Key decisions on foreign and domestic policy will be affected by the election’s outcome, as will a host of other issues, including the appointment of the newest Supreme Court justice. Yet, journalists have paid scant attention to the candidates' platforms. That conclusion is based on three reports on the news media’s coverage of the 2016 campaign that I have written for the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where I hold a faculty position. The third report was released today and it covers the month-long period from the week before the Republican National Convention to the week after the Democratic National Convention." [editor's note: Although this pierce reads like a commentary, it's really a report on the study ... by its author' "journalism" has never seemed fuzzier - SAT] (09/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/harvard-study-policy-issues-nearly-absent-in-presidential-campaign-coverage  

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CA: Skin care company donates over $600,000 to cannabis legalization efforts

September 22, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"The people behind Dr. Bronner's are just as concerned about legalizing cannabis as they are creating high-quality skin care products. The Vista, Calif.-based company dedicated to producing all-natural organic body care products will donate over $660,000 towards responsible marijuana legalization initiatives in California and four more states slated to vote on the matter this November, reports the Cannabist. Following a move to leave the Organic Trade Association over removing mandatory GMO labels, CEO David Bronner decided instead to use their resources to help current ballot campaigns to raise the minimum wage, provide animal welfare, and reform marijuana laws. Working with allies New Approach and the Marijuana Policy Project, Dr. Bronner's donations will help go into responsible cannabis legalization and regulation campaigns in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada." (09/20/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/20/dr-bronners-donates-over-600000-to-marijuana-legalization-efforts-in-five-states  

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Clinton & Trump foundations hit with new allegations

September 22, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are both dealing with new questions about the dealings of the foundations that bear their names -- after one report claimed the GOP nominee used charity money to pay legal fees, while another detailed a new case of alleged overlaps between Bill Clinton's speaking fees and a Clinton Foundation grant. A Wall Street Journal report Wednesday detailed how The Fragrance Foundation (a perfume trade group whose industry would later benefit from a Clinton Foundation project in Haiti) had in 2014 given Bill Clinton $260,000 for a speech that lasted less than an hour. After the speech, the foundation organized and partially funded an effort to get Haitian farmers to plant thousands of lime trees to help both the farmers and the perfume and beverage industries which were suffering from a shortage of limeoil, the Journal reported. A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation told the Journal there was no connection between the speech and the work in Haiti, saying the project was part of an effort to reverse deforestation in Haiti and help the economy. However, the Trump campaign blasted the Clintons over the report, saying it showed the foundation is 'first and foremost an arm of the Clintons' political and buck-raking apparatus.'" (09/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/21/clinton-trump-foundations-hit-with-new-allegations.html  

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CA: Women accused of holding four men as slaves on pot plantation

September 21, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Two women have been arrested on charges of holding four brothers captive at an illegal marijuana farm in Northern California and forcing them to work there for six months, police said Wednesday. The men ran away in July from the secluded pot growing operation in the small Sierra Nevada mountain range town of West Point after overhearing they would be killed after the harvest, said Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo. ... The arrested women, Guadalupe Sierra Arellano, 43, and Medarda Urbieta, 44, were charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, terrorist threats, and drug charges." (09/21/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-4-men-held-at-California-pot-farm-forced-9237380.php  

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China’s Heavenly Palace to make an uncontrolled return from the heavens

September 21, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"China says its first space station, launched in 2011, will return to Earth sometime during the second half of 2017. Chinese space officials cannot say exactly when, or where the Tiangong-1 laboratory will return to Earth, however. The small space station, named 'Heavenly Palace,' is presently at an orbit of about 370km, Chinese officials said. But it can no longer sustain such a high orbit and will gradually begin falling back to Earth." (09/21/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/chinas-heavenly-palace-to-make-an-uncontrolled-return-from-the-heavens/  

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Arpaio, desperate to get back in the spotlight, tries to resurrect Obama birther idiocy

September 21, 2016
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Arizona Republic    

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday vowed to the Surprise Tea Party Patriots, the group that five years ago petitioned him to investigate President Barack Obama's birth certificate, that he was continuing the inquiry [sic]. ... For Arpaio, last week's statement by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that Obama was born in this country had no weight on his volunteer posse's work. 'I don't care where he's from,' Arpaio told the crowd of about 200. 'We are looking at a forged document. Period.'" (09/21/16)

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2016/09/21/arizona-joe-arpaio-still-investigating-obamas-birth-certificate/90743412/  

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NC: Protests erupt after fatal shooting by police; 12 officers injured

September 21, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"A dozen police officers were injured Tuesday night in clashes with several hundred people protesting an officer-involved fatal shooting in the University City area. ... In Charlotte, a crowd of several hundred shouting protesters continued to block streets well after midnight, despite the use of tear gas by police in riot gear. Clouds of tear gas drifted over the crowd on Old Concord Road, and people coughed, hacked and fell back before walking towards police lines again multiple times. ... The protests began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a University City apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Lamont Scott, 43, and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, a police statement said." [editor's note: How many NON-officers were injured? - TLK] (09/20/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article103009432.html  

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TN: Nashville passes marijuana decriminalization measure

September 21, 2016
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The Tennessean    

"Nashville’s Metro Council made history Tuesday by approving the city’s first measure to allow lesser civil penalties for people caught with small amounts of marijuana, but it may set the stage for a confrontation with the state. Meanwhile, some Nashville judges are now raising concerns that moving minor marijuana possession cases from criminal to civil court may give people fewer options to later erase those encounters from the public record. The council voted 35-3 to give final approval of legislation that will give Nashville police the option of reducing the penalty for people who are found in knowing possession of a half-ounce of marijuana or less to a $50 fine or 10 hours of community service. Councilman Dave Rosenberg, lead sponsor of the bill, told his colleagues that efforts aimed at marijuana decriminalization have become commonplace across the country. He reeled off a long list of cities and states as examples, noting that even the conservative Deep South state of Mississippi has a law on the books. 'All this bill does is give police the option of not treating someone with a little pot like a hardened criminal,' Rosenberg said. 'Because when you start treating good members of our society like criminals they begin acting like criminals.' 'As much as as I'd like to think we're cutting edge on this one, we're not,' he added. 'We're catching up.' Memphis is scheduled to take up a similar ordinance in two weeks." [editor's note: I never thought I'd be able to say it proudly, but, "That's my Councilman!" - SAT] (09/20/16)

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2016/09/20/nashville-passes-marijuana-decriminalization-measure/90739806  

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US regime charges Ahmad Khan Rahami in New York and New Jersey bombings

September 21, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Federal authorities on Tuesday filed charges against Ahmad Khan Rahami in a series of bombs planted in New York and New Jersey, accusing the 28-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan with the use of weapons of mass destruction and several other offenses. The complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan said the bomb that exploded Saturday in New York's Chelsea neighborhood was powerful enough to shatter windows three stories above ground and cause millions of dollars in damages." [editor's note: If the term "weapon of mass destruction" ever had any informational value, no more; these dass it's just a security theater term meaning "anything more powerful than a firecracker, if used by anyone not employed by the US government" - TLK] (09/20/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ahmad-khan-rahami-20160920-snap-story.html  

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MD: No charges to be filed in police killing of Korryn Gaines

September 21, 2016
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Patch    

"The officer who shot and killed a Randallstown woman and injured her 5-year-old son in their apartment last month will not face charges, attorneys told WBAL. Korryn Gaines, 23, of the unit block of Sulky Court, was fatally shot during a barricade situation in her apartment, where police arrived Aug. 1 to serve a warrant for failing to appear about traffic charges." [editor's note: This is the incident where police asked Facebook to freeze Gaines's Facebook account so that they wouldn't be seen killing her; there should at LEAST be some evidence tampering charges here - TLK] (09/20/16)

http://patch.com/maryland/owingsmills/no-charges-be-filed-against-officer-who-killed-korryn-gaines-report  

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Scrutiny of Trump Foundation deepens

September 21, 2016
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The Hill The Hill    

"Donald Trump's campaign is grappling with new allegations that the GOP nominee used his charitable foundation to pay personal expenses. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published tax and legal documents alleging Trump's foundation spent $258,000 to settle lawsuits that involved Trump's for-profit businesses. The latest allegation comes after Trump's foundation was found to have made an improper $25,000 donation to a group supporting Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (R). That donation came at the same time her office was considering whether to investigate a fraud lawsuit against Trump University. The Republican also reportedly used foundation money to buy two portraits of himself. The scrutiny of Trump’s foundation is deepening at a time when Hillary Clinton is facing allegations from Republicans that the Clinton Foundation was running a corrupt 'pay-to-play' operation while she was secretary of State. The issue could come up during Monday's first presidential debate." (09/20/16)

http://origin-nyi.thehill.com/homenews/campaign/296914-scrutiny-of-trump-foundation-deepens  

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OK: Video released in police killing of unarmed man in Tulsa

September 21, 2016
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KTLA 5 News    

"On August 16, Oklahoma twins Terence and Tiffany Crutcher celebrated their 40th birthday. Terence, a God-loving father who sang at church every week, had enrolled at a community college in Tulsa where he hoped to earn a degree. 'I'm going to show you,' Terence recently texted his sister. 'I'm going to make you all proud.' He never was able to follow through on that promise. On the night of September 16, exactly one month later, Crutcher's SUV broke down, according to his family. After police responded to a 911 call about the vehicle, the 40-year-old black man found himself raising his hands high above his head. Moments later, Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot Crutcher. He was later found to be unarmed, according to authorities." (09/20/16)

http://ktla.com/2016/09/20/video-released-in-fatal-shooting-of-unarmed-man-in-tulsa/  

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UK: Blair sees “chaos” if US elects “isolationist” president

September 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday predicted chaos if the United States elected an isolationist president, likening the withdrawal of America from world affairs to a soccer match without a referee. Asked how he would advise Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, should he win the Nov. 8 election, Blair stopped short of labeling Trump an isolationist. But he pointedly praised Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, once the United States' top diplomat, and said the world needed U.S. leadership and democratic values. 'If you turn away from what is happening in the world when those values are being undermined, you don't fulfill your destiny as a country,' Blair said in response to a question at a Reuters Newsmaker event, adding: 'You have been given this destiny as a country. No one else can do this in the world today.'" [editor's note: Trump is clearly not an "isolationist;" he's as pro-intervention as Hillary is - SAT] (09/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-blair-newyork-idUSKCN11Q2BZ  

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US general: North Korea “will” develop nuclear capabilities to hit America

September 21, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The U.S. general expected to take over the military's nuclear forces had a sobering assessment of North Korea's capabilities, telling Senate lawmakers on Tuesday that the rogue nation 'will' build up the capabilities to hit the United States. 'What concerns me most is: They will get there. They're gonna get there. And then once they have those capabilities, what are they going to do with them? That's my biggest concern,' Gen. John Hyten, commander of the Air Force Space Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Hyten has been nominated to lead U.S. Strategic Command. His comments after North Korean state media reported the dictator Kim Jong Un oversaw a ground test of a new rocket engine and ordered a satellite launch preparation, an indication the country might soon conduct a prohibited long-range rocket launch." (09/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/09/20/north-korea-says-successfully-ground-tests-new-rocket-engine.html  

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West Virginia investigating Mylan over EpiPen pricing

September 21, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The state of West Virginia is investigating whether Mylan NV violated antitrust law or defrauded the state’s Medicaid program in connection with its EpiPen device. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey disclosed the investigation on Tuesday, announcing he had petitioned a state court to order Mylan turn over documents related to EpiPen in response to a subpoena his office issued in August. He said the company missed a September 7 deadline to comply with the subpoena. Mylan, which has raised the U.S. price for a pack of two EpiPens from less than $100 when it acquired the product in 2007 to more than $600, also faces scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers and an investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the EpiPen. A Mylan spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment." (09/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/west-virginia-investigating-mylan-over-epipen-pricing  

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Colorado legalization a success, voters say

September 20, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"As California closes in on its November 8 vote on cannabis legalization, Coloradoans report legalization is working just fine there. A new poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling, finds that 51 percent of Coloradoans would oppose efforts to repeal legalization. Just 36 percent support repeal, and 13 percent weren’t sure, according to reports. Colorado legalization Amendment 64 passed 54.8 to 45.1 in 2012, and recreational sales started January 1, 2014. Today, 47 percent of Coloradoans say legal cannabis has been good for the state, while 39 percent say it’s been bad. Nine percent said it had no impact and six percent weren’t sure. Sixty-one percent of Colorado residents say legal pot has boosted the state’s economy, while only one in five voters said it hurt business. The polls comport with other recent studies showing Colorado does not want to go back to pot prohibition." (09/20/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/20/colorado-legalization-a-success-voters-say  

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Nader: Calling third party candidate a spoiler is same as saying “shut up”

September 20, 2016
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TruthDig    

"People from outside the major parties who are pursuing elected office are exercising their First Amendment rights, and calling them spoilers is an act of 'political bigotry' that should never be tolerated by the American people, civil rights champion and four-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader told 'Democracy Now!' Nader’s comments come one week before the 2016 nominees' first presidential debate, which the Commission on Presidential Debates (a private corporation owned and controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties) announced Friday will exclude both Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. 'If we had proportional representation, instant runoff voting, all this spoiler stuff wouldn’t be around,' Nader continued." (09/19/16)

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/ralph_nader_calling_a_third-party_candidate_20160919  

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