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Florida once again is a crucial battleground in the presidential campaign. Donald Trump has been there for several days, telling voters, "I'm back in my second home, Florida. I love my second home. I love Florida." Hillary Clinton will be there today and her running mate, Tim Kaine, has reminded voters just how important a role they're going to play. "You're a checkmate state, if Hillary wins Florida, she's going to be president." Professor Susan MacManus, who teaches political science at the University of South Florida, joins us from Tampa with an update.
Just 10 years ago, Americans opposed legalized marijuana by about two to one. Now those numbers have been reversed according to Gallup and the Pew Research Center. Medical marijuana has already been approved in almost half the country, and recreational use is legal in Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. It's on next month's ballots in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Arizona and — most importantly -- California. The biggest state in the nation with the world's sixth largest economy could be the tipping point for ending federal prohibition and discriminatory enforcement. But even many who want that are raising red flags. Ballot measures lack rules on cost or potency, leading medical and psychological experts to warn about "cannabis abuse disorder." Small farmers say it's all about Big Dope — just like Big Tobacco — a multi-billion-dollar industry that encourages abuse. We hear more about pros and cons.
Ingraham on growing support for legalizing marijuana
Drug Policy Alliance on marijuana legalization, regulation
Colorado Amendment 64: Use and Regulation of Marijuana
Kleiman on 6 undeniable facts about cannabis (that some are still denying)
Mark Kleiman and others
Native Americans and supporters from around the world are digging in against an oil pipeline near the Missouri River — despite being struck with batons, sprayed with Mace and charged with crimes. After the protesters lost a battle in court, the Obama Administration asked Energy Transfer, a Fortune 500 Company, to defer construction. But the bulldozers are coming. Sandy Tolan is there for the Los Angeles Times.
Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police near the Standing Rock Reservation
and the pipeline route outside the little town of Saint Anthony, North Dakota
Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters
Protesters aren't the only ones being arrested, so are journalists perceived to be on their side. Deia Schlosberg, producer of a new climate-change documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change, is facing felony charges.
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White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
Climate Change and Big Money for New Technology California leads the nation in reducing greenhouse emissions, but Governor Jerry Brown concedes that’s just the beginning. Will his global conference on climate change make any difference? Not without trillions of dollars, which will have to come from private investors. We’ll hear about some exotic technologies attracting that kind of money.
The Supreme Court and the End of Judicial Restraint Senate confirmation for SCOTUS nominees has become a political circus. That’s because unelected judges have seized legislative powers--when Congress fails to take action. Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Roe v. Wade is bad constitutional law, even though she agrees with the outcome. Should abortion have been left to the voters? Will Brett Kavanaugh make a difference?
Fascism in Trump’s America Adolf Hitler admired Jim Crow laws, segregation and other historic departures from America’s highest ideals. That’s detailed in, “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us Against Them.” Yale philosopher Jason Stanley says that President Trump is resurrecting ideas, rhetoric and practices from the past to divide Americans in the present.
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