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CBS News: Obama: Drugs Should be Treated as a Public Health Problem

January 28, 2011
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CBS News: Obama: Drugs Should be Treated as a Public Health Problem

I know a lot of you are deeply disappointed that Obama didn’t suddenly shed all his skin, emerge from a cocoon as some new kind of species and suddenly proclaim, after devouring his press secretary, that the U.S. government should pursue legalization of all drugs.

Well it wasn’t going to happen. However, what did...

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Question and Answer (Updated)

January 27, 2011
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Question and Answer (Updated)

It now seems likely that President Obama will be asked to answer the top vote-getter at YouTube (today at 2:30 pm EST)

Here is my prediction of his non-answer (note that I waited to post this until shortly before so he couldn’t steal it!)

Thanks for your question, and for your valuable service to our Nation....

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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

January 27, 2011
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The Drug Czar’s SOTU addendum

Over at the Drug Czar’s “blog,” the ONDCP has their own additional take on the State of the Union address.

Drug use affects millions of Americans and their families. Drug use and its consequences strain our economy, our healthcare and criminal justice systems, and harm the well-being of young people, service members and our...

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Drug Czar-speak

January 26, 2011
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Drug Czar-speak

From an interview with the Texas Tribune

TT: You said in El Paso recently that decriminalization, or legalization of some illegal drugs is not an option, that is off the table. Why?

Kerlikowske: Well, one the administration’s stance is opposing legalization. When the president was a candidate, he opposed legalization. We don’t see any evidence that...

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Irrelevant

January 26, 2011
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Irrelevant

The President gave a speech tonight. I missed it, cause I was watching season four of my boxed set of Farscape DVDs.

However, I did a quick search of key words in the prepared text:

“Drug policy” – 0 “Drug war” – 0 “Marijuana” – 0 “Cannabis” – 0 “Hemp” – 0 “Cocaine” – 0 “Coca” – 0 “Heroin” – 0 “Legalization” –...

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Cheye Calvo raid settlement

January 25, 2011
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Cheye Calvo raid settlement

Via Phillip Smith comes this news in the Washington Post

Attorneys for Prince George’s County on Monday settled a lawsuit brought by Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo that accused deputies from a county sheriff’s SWAT unit of storming into his home without a proper warrant the day they shot his family’s two dogs and held...

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Questions for Obama

January 25, 2011
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Questions for Obama

It’s already been discussed some here on the comment threads, but YouTube is once again collecting questions for the President.

Who knows what they’ll end up letting through, and who knows whether he’ll give a serious answer, but if you’re interested in the exercise, here’s the site.

One of the better questions is from LEAP:

As a...

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a high-resolution camera pointed at you.

January 24, 2011
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Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird.  It’s a plane. It’s a high-resolution camera pointed at you.

Domestic use of aerial drones by law enforcement likely to prompt privacy debate by Peter Finn in the Washington Post.

But by 2013, the FAA expects to have formulated new rules that would allow police across the country to routinely fly lightweight, unarmed drones up to 400 feet above the ground – high enough for...

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Making sense of the Justice System

January 24, 2011
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Making sense of the Justice System

This bold satire by the Onion News Network hits home in funny and disturbing ways, particularly given the inherent racism often present in the drug war.

Judge Rules White Girl Will Be Tried As Black Adult

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Governments can’t stand having people around who tell the truth

January 24, 2011
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Governments can’t stand having people around who tell the truth

In the U.S.

Former Border Patrol agent sues over firing

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit for a former Border Patrol agent who claims he was fired — just weeks before his probationary period ended — because he expressed opinions about illegal immigration and drug legalization.

Gonzalez said while patrolling near Deming, N.M.,...

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