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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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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
Cyberwar: Can the US Defend Against “The Perfect Weapon?” By hacking centrifuges, the US may have slowed Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. But a good offense is not the best defense. Threats to US elections, the power grid and even medical records are real and present. But they’re not getting the attention they deserve. That’s according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, in his book The Perfect Weapon.
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