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Why the Federal Cannabis Crackdown May Be a Blessing in Disguise for Legal Weed

Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their initial disappointment over the move for one of long-term optimism.

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Facebook Warned It Faces Legal Action from ‘Revenge Porn’ Victims

Facebook is facing a number of lawsuits from victims of “revenge porn,” a leading libel lawyer has warned, after a teenager reached a settlement with the social networking site over naked images of her that were posted online.

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James Franco Faces Raft of New Sexual Misconduct Allegations

James Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, including former students at the actor-director’s New York acting school.

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Iran Eases Drug Laws; Could Halt Execution of 5,000 Prisoners

The lives of more than 5,000 prisoners on death row in Iran could be spared as a change in the law abolishes capital punishment for some drug-trafficking offences.

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Should Shelter Dogs Be on a Vegan Diet?

Proponents say it will make Los Angeles the world’s progressive capital. Sceptics say it will mean diarrhea, lots of diarrhea.

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Oprah Winfrey for President? The Idea Reveals an Uncomfortable Truth

On Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey gave a stirring speech at the Golden Globes in which she inveighed against ubiquitous sexual abuse, warning abusers that “their time is up.” Many people appreciated the speech for what it was: an important spotlight on the ways sexual assault hurts not only women in Hollywood, but domestic workers, Olympians, soldiers, scientists, factory workers, and others across class strata.

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U.S. Asks Targets of Trump Attacks--U.N., China, Mexico--to Help With Opioid Crisis

While Donald Trump criticizes and argues with the United Nations, Mexico, and China over embassies, walls and trade deals, his administration is relying upon them as he attempts to combat the opioid epidemic.

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Apple Investors Call for Action Over IPhone 'Addiction' Among Children

Two of the largest investors in Apple are urging the iPhone maker to take action against smartphone addiction among children over growing concerns about the effects of technology and social media on the youth.

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Trump Is Now Dangerous - That Makes His Mental Health a Matter of Public Interest

Eight months ago, a group of us put our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. It became an instant bestseller, depleting bookstores within days. We thus discovered that our endeavours resonated with the public.

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Donald Trump Tweets Extraordinary Defense of His 'Mental Stability'

In an extraordinary and unprecedented public defence of his own mental stability, Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets that seemed guaranteed to add fuel to a growing constitutional crisis. 

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Is Steve Bannon Cooperating with Robert Mueller?

One of the many telling vignettes in Michael Wolff’s book is the sight of Steve Bannon, then White House chief strategist, pacing the West Wing, openly dispensing odds on Donald Trump’s chances of surviving in office.

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America's Heroes of 2017: The People Who Inspired Us

Sally Yates

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Art in 2018 Will Spotlight Radical Women and Climate Change

Sexual misconduct reports, vital signs of climate change, altering net neutrality: 2017 was a tumultuous year for America. A number of upcoming art exhibitions continue the protest, debate and argument around free speech, the environmental crisis, civil rights and feminism – and look back on a year that changed the game.

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The Frontline of Resistance: ACLU Ready for Further Fights with Trump

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are gearing up for what is expected to be a crucial showdown in the US supreme court in 2018 over Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, as they enter the second year in an epic battle against the president’s populist – and frequently arguably unconstitutional – agenda.

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Take It From the Insiders: Silicon Valley Is Eating Your Soul

One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old idea of the online world as a burgeoning utopia looks to have peaked around the time of the Arab spring, and is in retreat.

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2017 Was the Hottest Year on Record Without an El Niño, Thanks to Global Warming

2017 was the second-hottest year on record according to Nasa data, and was the hottest year without the short-term warming influence of an El Niño event:

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U.S. Study Finds 1 in 10 Youth Experience Some Form of Homelessness

One in 10 young adults aged 18 to 25 in the U.S. have slept on the streets, in shelters, run away from home, been kicked out of their home, or couch-surfed in the past year, according to a national survey.

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The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution’s Serious Flaws

There’s a million things to love about Hamilton, the musical that has opened in London to reviews as glowing as those that greeted its debut on Broadway. The lyrics are so ingenious, so intricate and dexterous, that the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has a claim to be among the most exciting writers, in any medium, in the world today. Rarely have I seen an audience delight in the tricks and rhyming pyrotechnics of language the way I saw a preview audience react to Hamilton a fortnight ago.

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Mickey Mouse and Jesus Among Write-In Votes that Helped Sink Roy Moore

Votes for Mickey Mouse, football coach Nick Saban and “any other Republican” were among more than 22,000 write-ins in the Alabama Senate election the Democrat Doug Jones won this month by a little less than that number.

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Trumpism Is Ingrained in White America: When He Goes, It Will Remain

The author Tom Wolfe once wrote: “The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.” He was reflecting a consensus, shared by public and scholars alike, that far right politics is a European phenomenon, at odds with “American values”. It is a conviction so deeply held that it has left the US blind to reality.

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Collision Course: Uber's Terrible 2017

Uber has always driven too fast. As it grew from a San Francisco black car service to a global ride-hail behemoth valued at nearly $70bn, the startup appeared to be well served by CEO Travis Kalanick’s disruptive disregard for the rules of the road.

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Mexico Maelstrom: How the Drug Violence Got So Bad

Sofía, a medical assistant in Reynosa, a scruffy border city in northern Mexico, has a regular morning routine.

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Meet the Man Staging a Weekly Protest in Trump Tower

Anti-Trump protest has taken many forms over the past year, but perhaps none have been so consistent and subtle as Jeff Bergman’s Friday lunchtime vigil in the cavernous, echoing lobby of the 58-storey, 664ft-high glass edifice that is Trump Tower.

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The Handmaid's Tale Held a Mirror up to a Year of Trump

In politics and culture, the year 2017 was the opposite of Where’s Wally? The question, instead, was always Where Isn’t Trump? All roads – public debate, private argument, artistic endeavour – seemed eventually to lead in his squalid direction; his gravitational pull irresistible, his fleshy presence horribly ubiquitous.

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Cinema Got Woke in 2017, but It's Only the Beginning

How will the rise of Donald Trump affect cinema? Or the decline of Harvey Weinstein? Or any of the other momentous events of 2017? Movies typically take a year or two to produce, so most of this year’s output harks back to the time when such events were inconceivable. But 2017 gave us a taste of what to expect. Jordan Peele’s hugely acclaimed Get Out, for example. The smash-hit horror movie encapsulated our racially charged Black Lives Matter/Colin Kaepernick/Charlottesville moment, but it also sent out a signal to movie studios that “political” and “profitable” were no longer mutually exclusive. It could be the wake-up call for a new era of Hollywood wokeness.

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A Giant Insect Ecosystem Is Collapsing Due to Humans: It's a Catastrophe

Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide “fog”, he managed to extract all the small living things in the canopies of 19 individuals of one species of tropical tree, Luehea seemannii, in the rainforest of Panama. He recorded about 1,200 separate species, nearly all of them coleoptera (beetles) and many new to science; and he estimated that 163 of these would be found on Luehea seemannii only.

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What Will Obama's Next Act Be?

There’s the library. There’s the memoir. There might be a foundation. Maybe some paid speeches. Perhaps a new hobby, like oil painting. Maybe, in the case of George HW Bush, accusations of groping by eight women.

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Steve Bannon Savages 'Javanka,' Laying Bare White House Tensions

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are under fresh scrutiny over their influence at the White House after a very public eruption of their feud with former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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We Need to Talk About Rudolph: Sex, Drugs, and Aerodynamic Reindeer

It is coming up to Santa’s busy time. Last minute preparations are being made, lists are being checked and double checked, routes are being analysed and optimised. Elves will be working overtime to put the finishing touches to their orders. But please spare a thought for Rudolph and the team of reindeer called on to drag tons of presents over thousands of miles in the most appalling weather.

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U.S. Life Expectancy Down for Second Year in a Row Amid Opioid Crisis

Life expectancy in the US has declined for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the nation.

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Why Is U.S. Life Expectancy Down for a Second Year in a Row?

Life expectancy in the US has declined for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the nation.

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