Photo: Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 3, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in L.A. today. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. We speak with a leader of the protest movement here about what the strategy is for pressuring Democratic lawmakers.
Tudor Popescu, Volunteer coordinator with a local chapter of Indivisible
Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but not at the federal level. An Assembly committee passed a bill this week that would bar state and local police from helping federal agents crack down on those who grow and sell recreational marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposes recreational pot, and recently signalled that a federal crackdown may be on the way.
Jonathan P. Caulkins
In the Salinas Valley, old greenhouses sat vacant for years after the cut flower business shifted to Latin America. Now marijuana growers are snatching up those same greenhouses. The area’s balance of sunshine and ocean breezes is perfect for growing weed.
Chuck Allen, real estate agent in the Salinas Valley, working with marijuana growers
The podcast “S-Town” by the producers of “This American Life” and “Serial,” has been hugely successful. We speak with its creator about what he discovered in the three years it took to produce.
Days after a man posted a video to Facebook of him randomly shooting and killing another man, Mark Zuckerberg said his company will keep doing all they can to prevent similar tragedies from happening again. He then talked about unveiling ambitious new features that will allow users to augment reality.
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