May

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High point of the week: House votes to end medical pot crackdowns

The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Department's budget. The measure now heads to the Democratic Senate.

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Obama rebuffs militarists in speech full of contradictions

Obama emphasized working through international bodies, however he placed NATO, a U.S./Western Europe Cold War holdover, first on his list, before the United Nations.

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House Dems side with labor on trade pact

"Labor rights are now government-to-government in trade pacts, while corporate rights get to go over the top of governments."

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Life of General Gordon Baker, Jr. celebrated in Detroit

The life of General Gordon Baker, Jr. was celebrated with a huge outpouring of many hundreds this past Saturday.

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Texas Republicans continue to go for off-the-grid right-wingers

Texas completed its Democratic and Republican primary elections on May 27. Unlike the results in other states, "tea party" far-right Republicans triumphed in most of the contests.

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Author, poet, activist Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement.

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National forum on police crimes calls for civilian police accountability councils

In response to a national epidemic of police and vigilante killings, a two day "National Forum on Police Crimes" took place in Chicago, May 16-17.

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Los Angeles gears up for a month against torture

In a world where we sometimes feel overwhelmed by tragedy, the best antidote to helplessness is to get out and do something, be with people, and imagine a better future.

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Camden students and community force honest discussion on education

Hundreds of students spontaneously, and without permission, left their schools at high noon and marched peacefully to the Camden School District headquarters where they met in protest.

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Sens. Warren and Sanders, Rev. Barber inspire at New Populism Conference

The "new populism" spoken of at the conference was described, defined and delivered with hope and realism. 

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