Clinton and Sanders Use Faulty Data to Support Marijuana Reform

marijuana-weed The “war on drugs” has become a chief target for Democratic presidential hopefuls who use outsized rhetoric to say drug laws, particularly those regarding marijuana, are filling the nation’s prisons and jails with nonviolent offenders who shouldn’t be behind bars. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed “low-level offenses that are primarily due to marijuana,” while Sen. […] Continue Reading

Suspected Burglar Dies in Chimney After Resident Lights Fire

BurglarDiesInChimney_large Authorities say a suspected burglar who became stuck in the chimney of a Central California home died after the homeowner unknowingly lit a fire in the fireplace. Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said an autopsy on Sunday concluded that 19-year-old Cody Caldwell died of smoke inhalation and burns. Authorities said a homeowner in the […] Continue Reading

Wisconsin School Nixes Reading of Book About Transgender Kid

i+am+jazz A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue. The Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement Wednesday saying it will not proceed with its planned reading of the book “I am Jazz,” the Capital Times reported ( ). The […] Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Official: 'Hateful' Speech Contributed to Shootings

image “Hateful” speech by anti-abortion activists and politicians has contributed to Friday’s shootings at the Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic, according to organization’s local CEO. “We’ve experienced so much hateful language… such a negative environment has been created around the work that Planned Parenthood does,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Rocky Mountains Planned […] Continue Reading

Arlington Short 30,000 Headstone Wreaths For Christmas

Arlington2 Some 30,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery may have to go without wreaths this holiday season, as the group that raises money for the decorations is nearly a half-million dollars short of reaching its goal. Wreaths Across America raises money to put a wreath, each costing $15, on the headstones at the national cemetery, reports […] Continue Reading

Fate of ObamaCare Co-Ops Uncertain After Half Collapse

sc-death-spiral The fate of a network of alternative “co-op” health plans started under ObamaCare remains uncertain going into 2016, after half of them collapsed amid deep financial problems. The co-ops are government-backed, nonprofit health insurers propped up with over $2 billion in taxpayer loans. Twelve of the 23 co-ops established under the Affordable Care Act, though, […] Continue Reading

Congress On the Verge of Scrapping No Child Left Behind

nochildleftbehind_300 Congress is on the verge of scrapping No Child Left Behind 14 years after it passed and eight years after its authorization expired. If a fragile bipartisan compromise can be held together before lawmakers and various stakeholders can pull it apart, President George W. Bush’s biggest education reform will be replaced. The main thing holding […] Continue Reading