PODCAST: Terrorism, modern warfare and the AUMF
Three days after the attacks on September 11th, 2001 Congress passed the AUMF -- The Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Terrorists. Many predictions were made that day, but what no one knew, what no one could know, is how the AUMF would anchor the country to that moment, and drag it back there again and again during the longest war in the nation's history.Read More
Booze more likely to send you to ER than pot
Government data shows what pot enthusiasts have preached all along: Marijuana is safer than alcohol. At least that's the conclusion Washington Post writer Christopher Ingraham came to after measuring the ratio between people who smoke marijuana and end up in the hospital and those who use other drugs and end up in the same place.Read More
GOP sues Obama, then demands executive action
The House Republican leadership put out a statement yesterday demanding that President Obama take action on immigration. This is the same gang that just the day before led a vote in the House to sue the president for acting without out congressional approval.Read More
Study: Political attitudes could be hard-wired
Are our political leanings as much preordained as whether or not we’ll have blue eyes or stubby fingers? A trio of political scientists say that there are some striking differences between the way liberals and conservatives perceive and react to things around them, and they may well be genetic.Read More
Humane Act would fast track 'voluntary returns'
In response to the border crisis, a movement is underway in Congress to put Central American children on a fast track out of the United States by allowing them to return home voluntarily. But critics of the policy say it would return these children to dangerous conditions without fully informing them of their options.Read More
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