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2011: The Year In Review — NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy

December 29, 2011

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2011: The Year In Review — NORML’s Top 10 Events That Shaped Marijuana Policy Thursday, 29 December 2011 #1 NORML Sues To Halt Government’s Prosecution of Medical Cannabis Providers In October, the United States Deputy Attorney General, along with the four US Attorneys from California, announced their intentions to escalate federal efforts targeting the state’s medical cannabis […]

The Wealth Gap Between Congress and Voters Is Growing

December 29, 2011

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The Wealth Gap Between Congress and Voters Is Growing By Dashiell Bennett | The Atlantic Wire – Tue, Dec 27, 2011 Both The New York Times and The Washington Post have separate reports today about the widening wealth gap between members of Congress and the people they represent. Almost half of all Congresspeople are millionaires and their median net worth has climbed to $913,000, compared to $100,000 for the rest of America households. According to […]

Go Daddy Becomes Example in SOPA Backlash

December 29, 2011

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Go Daddy Becomes Example in SOPA Backlash  By Jennifer LeClaire, newsfactor.com | Newsfactor.com – Tue, Dec 27, 2011 Go Daddy is backpedaling over its support of the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” or SOPA, that’s working its way through Congress. It may be too little, too late. But is Go Daddy being unfairly boycotted for its involvement in the bill just because it’s perhaps […]

Happy Holidays from WatchingTheGov!

December 25, 2011

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Enjoy this lovely video of Awesome Americans from MoveOn.org!

BREAKING NEWS!!! Occupy Amendment on the table, would remove corporate money from politics!

December 23, 2011

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This is the most exciting thing to come from the Occupy Movement yet! Be sure to sign the petition supporting this bill in addition to reading the article. Full text of the bill is also available here.   Hello Citizens United; the #Occupy Amendment is now on the Table The Constitutional Amendment introduced by Rep. Ted […]

Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle

December 23, 2011

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Police pepper spray rowdy shoe shoppers in Seattle AP – 12 mins ago SEATTLE (AP) — Police used pepper spray to break up fights among pushing and shoving customers waiting outside a Seattle area mall to buy the first Nike retro Air Jordan basketball shoes that went on sale early Friday. Tukwila (tuhk-WIL’-uh) Officer Mike Murphy says about 20 people were sprayed in a group. […]

Occupy protesters sue over free speech, force

December 22, 2011

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Occupy protesters sue over free speech, force By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI | AP – 26 mins ago Most major Occupy encampments have been dispersed, but they live on in a flurry of lawsuits in which protesters are asserting their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly and challenging authorities’ mass arrests and use of force to break up tent cities. Lawyers representing protesters […]

Some Occupy L.A. protesters may get a lesson in free speech

December 21, 2011

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Some Occupy L.A. protesters may get a lesson in free speech Prosecutors say they can avoid court trials by paying $355 to a private company for an educational program. The irony is not lost on the anti-corporate activists, who see it as patronizing.   By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles TimesDecember 22, 2011 Many Occupy L.A. protesters arrested […]

Cops Ready for War

December 21, 2011

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With fewer than two homicides a year since 2005 and no acts of terrorism in the past decade, Fargo, ND still has spent $8 million to arm officers with gear normally used for soldiers. Say it with me, folks: P-O-L-I-C-E  S-T-A-T-E!!!!   Cops Ready for War By Andrew Becker | The Daily Beast – 8 hrs ago Nestled amid plains so flat […]

D’oh! Oil industry lobbyists punked by enviro activist (AUDIO)

December 20, 2011

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D’oh! Oil industry lobbyists punked by enviro activist (AUDIO)  By Zachary Roth | The Lookout – 7 hrs ago The oil industry spends millions each year to shape its image and shift the public debate in its favor. But amid growing concern over climate change — and over the industry’s clout in Washington — it can sometimes find itself losing […]