FROM Amanda Chicago Lewis
Rise of the Marijuana Lobby It wasn't strictly illegal, but Democrats in Sacramento have been embarrassed by a report about Josh Drayton--political advisor to Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon. Drayton took some $85 worth of marijuana products from Nate Bradley, a lobbyist for liberalizing marijuana laws. Nobody's denying that it happened — in the presence of BuzzFeed News reporter Amanda Chicago Lewis.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.