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Over-Reliance on Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane, Counterproductive to Public Safety

Jim Liske | Posted 05.03.2014 | Crime
Jim Liske

Rick Raemisch, the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, volunteered to do something few would dare -- he spent 20 hours in 'Ad-Seg,' or solitary confinement, in one of his own prisons.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Marijuana Taxes: Time Will Tell

Pat Oglesby | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Pat Oglesby

While marijuana revenue could be a promising new source of income for states, a wide range of expectations underscores how little we know so far about what mature markets will look like one day.

Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released a model resolution calling for the weakening of solar net metering policies that threaten the traditional utility industry business model.

Top 10 Extreme Skiing Spots

Cheapflights | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel

For some, performances at the Olympics are great to marvel at from the couch while; for others, they are motivation to take on a challenge and step outside the comfort zone. If you fall into the latter camp, this list is for you.

Feds Open Banks for MMJ Business

The 420 Times | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Obama administration just said yes to banking for marijuana businesses in cannabis-legal states.

Presidents Day?

Adam Dubowsky | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Adam Dubowsky

It's Presidents Day! The day we celebrate our founding fathers the way they would've wanted -- by giving 10 percent off all appliances $397 or more at...

Search On For 'Heavy Meth User', Endangered Infant: Cops

David Lohr | Posted 02.14.2014 | Crime

Authorities in Washington state say they have issued an Amber Alert for an endangered newborn who is believed to be with his drug addicted mother. ...

Documents: MD County Housing First East Coast LNG Export Facility Signs Non-Disclosure Deal

Steve Horn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Co-authored by Steve Horn and Caroline Selle DeSmogBlog has obtained documents revealing that the government of Calvert ...

David Lohr

Another Sex Offender Eyed In Decades-Old Disappearance Of Lyon Sisters | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

A convicted child sex offender has emerged as a person of interest in the presumed killings of two young sisters who vanished from a suburban Washingt...

The Feds Decide to Stand With States to Keep Protecting Sharks

Francesca Koe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Francesca Koe

The U.S. federal government has finally realized it should back down and step away from its ill-conceived plan to overturn the bans on the sale and possession of shark fins that were enacted in the states of California, Maryland and Washington.

Barack Obama: An American Legend

Tywan Wade | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Tywan Wade

Politics aside, Barack Obama is an American legend. A lot of people have never understood this, but for the first time in my life, I saw someone who looked like me; someone who was doing something actually incredible.

The Faithful Shopper: All for Love

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 04.01.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Ah, Valentine's Day, when we show those we love the extent of our affections the old-fashioned way -- with gifts! Fortunately, we have multiple option...

8 Ways to Make Obama's Opportunity Goals a Reality

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.

Legal Marijuana: a Tale of Two Coasts

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

I have spent almost 30 years studying the history and progress of our nation's drug policy and working toward reform. I believe the harms resulting from the prohibition of drugs, particularly marijuana, put our children at much greater risk than legalization does.

Christie Is an Amateur

Mike Smith | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith


Here Are The Public Schools That Are Teaching Creationism With Taxpayer Money

Slate | Chris Kirk | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Thousands of schools in states across the country take taxpayer money to cast doubt on basic science. ...

Remains Found In Washington State May Be Those Of Long-Vanished Fugitive

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime

By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state authorities believe they have unearthed the remains of an escaped...

They Should Name A Building For Him

Max Allan Collins | Posted 03.25.2014 | DC
Max Allan Collins

Recently U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proposed naming the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Eliot Ness, leader of the famed "Untouchables."

DEA Chief Says Legalization is 'Reckless and Irresponsible'

The 420 Times | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
The 420 Times

The clouds have parted. The birds are chirping. It really is a new day in America after Colorado began its first fully legal recreational sales this ...

What Happens When East Meets West?

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Sister Jenna

I've been traveling to India for over 20 years, and each time I visit I find out something new about myself. I find that I have more space to love, accommodate, care, give passage and smile more.

Coal -- Not In Any Backyard

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Allen Schmertzler

Art about hard issues is easier to take if it doesn't hit you over the head. Sculptor Bonnie Meltzer wants people to stick around to look at her art...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA: State Marijuana Legalization 'Reckless And Irresponsible' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The decision of Washington state and Colorado to legalize a plant directly responsible for the deaths of zero people is "reckless and ir...

Obamacare Enrollment 'Surge' Continues Into 2014

Reuters | Sharon Begley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The late-December surge that pushed enrollment in private health insurance plans under Obamacare past 2.1 million peopl...

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.