FROM Norton Arbelaez
The Federal Dilemma over States Rights and Marijuana Federal law says marijuana's more dangerous than cocaine — as bad as heroin. Yet a lot has changed since the Federal Controlled Substances Act became law in 1970, and 52 percent of Americans want it legalized for recreational use. Colorado and Washington are the first states to go that far, but medical marijuana has been approved by voters in 18 states and the District of Columbia. What's the Obama Administration to do? A crackdown might lead to a backlash. But can it enforce the law differently in different parts of the country? Statements by the Drug Czar, the Attorney General and even the President are hard to reconcile. We look at the available options.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?