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September 20, 2012

Today, a group of former police officers, judges, and prosecutors held a press conference in Denver, Colorado to declare and explain their support for Colorado’s marijuana legalization initiative, Amendment 64. Among the coalition of supporters are Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), the National Latino Officers Association, and Blacks in Law Enforcement of America.   Read more

By Kristen Gwynne | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

September 20, 2012

It's going to be a big night in Boston, when Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Scott Brown square off in their first debate. The pressure is all on Brown tonight, as he's been down in four out of five polls this week.   Read more

By Joan McCarter | Daily Kos
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

September 20, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about the connection between the vote suppression efforts and Romney's disdain for half the country.Here it is in full effect:   Read more

By Digby | Hullabaloo
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

September 20, 2012

Medical marijuana advocates have not forgotten Obama's campaign promise that he would not "[Use] Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state [medical marijuana] laws." Today at 5pm, pot patients and Americans for Safe Access will hold rallies at Obama campaign headquarters and other sites in at least 15 cities across the country.   Read more

By Kristen Gwynne | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

September 20, 2012

Mitt Romney's string of offensive remarks—attacking Obama after U.S. diplomats were murdered in Libya and saying 47 percent of Americans don't pay taxes and are pathetic government dependents—has resulted in the largest lead by Obama in 2012's polls.   Read more

By Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 10:35 AM

September 20, 2012

 

I am a strong supporter of labeling GMO foods.  Consumers have the right to know.

That’s enough of a reason to support California’s Prop. 37.  There is no need to muddy the waters with difficult-to-interpret science.   Read more

By Marion Nestle | Food Politics
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 10:24 AM

September 20, 2012

When it came to light that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney regards 47 percent of the U.S. electorate as moochers for their use of government programs and tax credits, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, ran as fast as he could from those remarks. Now, thanks to a 2005 Ryan speech that has recently come to light, Ryan may have to run from his own.
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By Adele M. Stan | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

September 20, 2012

LAURA FLANDERS: Hi, I'm Laura Flanders. A year ago, protestors took over a park in Lower Manhattan and sparked encampments across the States. Out of it came a slogan: "We are the 99 percent," and a new meaning to the verb "occupy." But what else? Some say Occupy Wall Street utterly changed their lives. Others say it changed nothing at all. How to assess Occupy Wall Street?   Read more

By Laura Flanders, Marina Sitrin, Arun Gupta | Moyers & Company
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

September 20, 2012

Americans receiving government benefits do not deserve the right to vote, according to the Republican author of Pennsylvania's harsh new voter ID law.   Read more

By Steven Rosenfeld | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

September 20, 2012

Clint Eastwood's empty-chair interview during the Republican National Convention spawned plenty of hilarious spoofs, among them pictures of people "Eastwooding" -- talking to an empty chair -- and the #InvisibleObama hashtag. But this take on the empty-chair speech is not hilarious. It is, in fact, really disgusting, and possibly something the FBI might want to get on top of:   Read more

By Lauren Kelley | AlterNet
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 8:27 AM