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**Why the Federal Cannabis Crackdown May Be a Blessing in Disguise for Legal Weed**

"Don’t panic, legalization advocates say: Jeff Sessions’ anti-marijuana policy will have little impact and may even hasten the formal end of prohibition. Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their i…"

**19 Foods That Can Fight Sugar Cravings**

"Up to 97% of women and 68% of men report experiencing some sort of food craving, including cravings for sugar. Sugar cravings are extremely common, especially among women.In fact, up to 97% of women and 68% of men report experiencing some sort of food craving, including cravings for sugar (1).Those experiencing a sugar craving feel a strong urge to eat something swee…"

**Why Senator Cardin Is a Fitting Opponent for Chelsea Manning**

"The whistleblower can expose his dangerous Russia rhetoric for what it is. The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has se…"

**We Can't Let Hindu Nationalists Rewrite India's History**

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**Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to Modern Far Right**

"Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations, biblical giants, ancient astronauts and the occasional inter-dimensional alien. On December 6, 1830, Andrew Jackson used his second State of the Union address to defend the Indian Removal Act, the administration’s sole legislative victory. He described the law promulgating the expul…"

**New World A-Coming: How Black Religion Helped Shape Racial Identity**

"An interview with Judith Weisenfeld, author and the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion at Princeton University. What inspired you to write New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity During the Great Migration?I have been fascinated by the black new religious movements of the Great Migration era since I rea…"

**Report: Cash Bail System Hurts Poor and Communities of Color in L.A.**

"“Many people don’t even have $100 in the bank, so paying 10 percent to a bond agent means that money won’t be going toward rent or food.” In advance of a legislative battle over reforming California’s cash bail system, a new report shines light on which Los Angeles communities pay the most bail and by how much. The Price for Freedom, pub…"

**MLK: Why I Cannot Be Silent**

""The calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak." Editor's Note: The following text of the speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City is a powerful reminder that we should all speak out for peace.I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight becaus…"

**What Martin Luther King's 1967 Speech Can Teach Us About the Relationship Between Race and Class Today**

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**Charles Blow: 'Trump Is a Racist; We Can Put That Baby to Bed'**

"So what are we going to do about it? Donald Trump was always a racist. Mountains of court documents and media evidence have proven it, yet Americans are still taking the time to debate not only whether Trump is racist, but whether racism exists at all. To do so, as Charles Blow writes in his Monday column, "is useless, particularly when you ar…"

**The Popularity of Baby Name 'Donald' Is Falling Dramatically**

"Parents don't want to burden their children with the name. The popularity of certain baby names is always a marker of the political times. For example, between 2008 and 2009, the name “Barack” skyrocketed in popularity.The Social Security Administration will soon release its ranking of the most common names of 2017, but until then, there are a f…"

**There’s a Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Asia: The Plight of the Rohingya**

"This is a community threatened with extinction for the past seven decades. Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingy…"

**Some Cities Aren’t Waiting Around for Trump to Gut Net Neutrality—They Are Building Their Own**

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**Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change (Video)**

"A new study has found that urban farms are "critical to survival" in a changing climate. The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren't just feeding mouths—they are "critical to survival" and a "necessary adaptation" for developing regions and a changing climate, according to a new study.Urban farms—whi…"

**Bernie Sanders Calls for International Progressive Movement in Searing Op-Ed**

"The Vermont implores the planet to "wrench power back from the billionaires." Monday, January 15th marks the 34th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, and true to the civil right icon's socialist philosophy, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a issued a call for a new international movement to eliminate income inequality. In a sea…"

**It’s Going to Be a Good Year for the Merchants of Death**

"From nuclear weapons to handguns, “arms control” increasingly seems like a concept from another century. As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in “bigly” in his first year in office. They raked in tens of billions of dollars in Pentagon contracts, while posting sharp stock price incr…"

**Animal Cruelty Is a Clear Predictor of Future Violence, So Why Are Perpetrators Merely Slapped on the Wrist?**

"We need stronger animal cruelty laws to protect both animals and people. Bella deserved better.One afternoon just before Christmas last year, 56-year-old Michael Gallagher tried to strangle his elderly rescue dog Bella by tying plastic zip ties tightly around her neck. Then Gallagher put Bella into…"

**Trump’s Response to Hawaii Missile Snafu Proves He Can’t Be Trusted with More Nukes: New York Times**

"The Times called the president out. In a cautionary editorial published after the citizens of Hawaii were thrown into a panic over a mistaken alert announcing missiles were incoming, the New York Timessaid the President blithe response was a reason to not entrust him with an expanded nuclear arsenal.Followi…"

**Christians of Color Are Rejecting 'Colonial Christianity' and Reclaiming Ancestral Spiritualities**

"This movement isn’t new, but after a solid majority of white Christians voted for Trump, the chorus of people of color has grown louder. This is how quickly it happened. One moment we were passing sumptuous kebob platters around the table making polite introductions, and the next we were swapping trauma stori…"

**Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can**

"The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere. This month’s Golden Globes were the first awards ceremony held since went viral. To commemorate it, celebrities brought social justice activists along as their plus-ones, and many more wore black to show support with the …"