Can Jobs Grow From Marijuana? Spanish Village Considers Using Pot to Rebuild Economy

The Spanish village of Rasquera was voting Tuesday on a plan to rent out a field for growing cannabis in an urgent bid to create jobs and raise money to pay off its debts. 

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Why Obama Must Join The Drug War Debate in Colombia

 All wars end. Eventually. Even the war on drugs – resilient for so long – is starting to show signs of exhaustion. It is 42 years since President Nixon introduced the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. The act set out to reduce or eliminate the production, supply and consumption of illegal drugs. A year later, after a report revealed a heroin epidemic among US servicemen in Vietnam, the Nixon administration coined the phrase "war on drugs".

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Cute Puppies Against Gitmo

The latest video from AgitPop TV -- Cute Puppies Against Gitmo.

GOP Is Overjoyed At the Unprecedented Influence Corporations Will Now Have in Federal Campaigns

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the conservative group Citizens United made a movie critical of Hillary Clinton but was barred from distributing it on local cable systems because federal courts said it “looked and sounded like a long campaign ad, and therefore should be regulated like one.” The Supreme Court then took up the case and in its much-anticipated decision, today ruled 5-4 to allow corporations and unions to spend unlimited funds in support for, or opposition of, federal candidates. The monumental ruling throws out a “a 63-year-old law designed to restrain the influence of big business and unions on elections.

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Scott Brown Wins MA Senate

CNN, AP, Boston Globe all calling the race for Brown.

Another Fox News Contributor Reportedly Considering 2012 Presidential Run

In a letter to supporters, Rick Santorum reportedly wrote that he is "considering putting my name in for the 2012 presidential race," citing concerns over President Obama's purported "single-minded pursuit of a radical domestic agenda" and that "the Obama Administration buried its head in the sand and has turned a blind eye towards several major threats to our country."  From the letter:

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Pope Benedict Attacked During X-Mas Eve Mass

The Vatican's security arrangements were being scrutinised today after Pope Benedict XVI was knocked to the ground during Christmas Eve mass by a woman who tried to launch a similar attack on him a year ago.

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New Report Probes Suspicious Guantanamo Suicides

Over at TalkLeft, Jeralyn reports:

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2011? Did We Say 2011? Administration Officials Backpedal on Afghan Withdrawal

As administration officials touted the President’s new Afghanistan strategy on the Sunday political talk shows, they underscored that the U.S. troops may not be coming home in 2011:

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This Week in Right-Wing Media Crazy

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Jon Stewart on Swiss Minaretaphobia

The Jewish Telegraph Agency (Via TPM) reports that Swiss intolerance continues to grow:

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The Tar Sands Suck

The Canadian Tar Sands is the world's largest, and dirtiest, energy project. Dirty oil sands crude generates as much as five times greenhouse gas as conventional oil. Yet, unless steps are taken by the U.S. and Canada, both countries will become irrevocably addicted to the dirtiest oil on earth. Totally lame.

Beat the Pundits

Remarks of President Barack Obama—As Prepared for Delivery

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27 Reasons to Give Thanks

We’re thankful President Obama is thinking long and hard about committing more troops and money to Afghanistan.

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Hundreds Converge on Goldman Sachs DC Headquarters

This is a press advisory from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

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Tea Partiers Mired in Bitter Internal Feud

Zachary Roth, at TPM:

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Dobbs to Quit CNN

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Homeland Security Picks Up San Francisco Baker for Overstaying His Visa

Don't they have more important things to do? 

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Will Your Member of Congress Get the Swine Flu Vaccine?

Jordy Yager reports for The Hill:

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Alan Grayson Schools GA Wing-Nut Paul Broun on Constitution

Two of the House's most vocal members spar over the GOP's ongoing jihad against ACORN. Hat-tip to Jill C. at Brilliant at Breakfast, who adds: "It's frightening that Republicans who know absolutely nothing about the Constitution are allowed to create law in this country."

Homeland Security Pledges to Reform Nightmarish Immigration Detention System

This week, Department of Homeland Security unveiled an ambitious plan to reform its immigration detention system, a largely unregulated network that includes 312 county and city prisons, many of whom have been accused of health and security violations. That's what Breakthrough's powerful new campaign Restore Fairness wants to keep seeing - a government that is restoring due process back to a broken immigration system. At the campaign's centerpiece is a 9 minute video Restore Fairness, produced in partnership with an amazing range of 26 leading organizations spanning human rights, immigration, and community based groups, that features interviews with influential Members of Congress, immigration judges, civil society leaders, and ordinary families affected by harsh immigration laws.

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DHS Renews Deal With Show-Boat Sheriff Arpaio

From America's Voice:

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Police Report Filed by Acorn Exposes False Claims in Gotcha Vids

In recent days, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, the conservative filmmakers who made the widely circulated ACORN videos, as well as Andrew Breitbart and Mike Flynn, who have been promoting the videos for, have claimed that the filmmakers were never rebuffed by any of the ACORN offices they visited in their attempts to get ACORN to assist them in improper activities. However, in a newly released video, ACORN Housing Corp.'s Katherine Conway Russell directly rebuts those claims, citing a police report ACORN filed as evidence that she asked the filmmakers to leave the ACORN office in Philadelphia and called the police after the filmmakers asked suspicious questions.

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A Line in the Sand Against Glenn Beck

Watching the Glenn Beck show this past month, one might have assumed that Van Jones had assaulted Beck, insulted his wife, and stolen his kids' lunch money. Beck devoted time on a whopping 16 shows to crafting a distorted, despicable portrait of Van that few who know him would recognize.  As political smears go, it was as serious as it gets.

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Katrina Disaster Retold in Comic Book Form?

"A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge" deals with real stories of Katrina survivors and synthesizes them in comic book form, creating a bold and somber visual masterpiece.

Grittv interviews the creator, Josh Neufeld, to hear what he has to say.

Nativists Hijack the Health Care Debate

Last week, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report on the treatment of non-citizens in the House health care bill that had anti-immigrant activists patting themselves on the back. "Case closed. Illegal aliens will be eligible to participate in the health care," said Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a designated hate group. However, President Obama has repeatedly affirmed the contrary, and there's specific language in both the House and Senate bills that explicitly excludes undocumented immigrants. In fact, the CRS report better illustrates how health care reform would hurt undocumented immigrants more than it helps them in the absence of any major reform of our immigration laws. But that hasn't stopped nativists from "whip[ping] up fear and anger" about immigrants and health care reform and effectively convincing many Americans that Democrats are blatantly lying to them about immigrant health care coverage, while "winking and nodding at the supporters of illegal immigration." As part of their tireless quest for any excuse to slam "Obamacare," hardcore health care reform opponents have welcomed their deceptive antics with open arms.

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Crazy Jon Voight Teams Up With God to Take Down Obama

Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks sums it up nicely:

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Sam Seder Interviews Matt Taibbi on Health Care Reform

In excellent conversation, Taibbi and Sam Seder discuss the politics at play in the health care debate.

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