B.C. suggests private marijuana stores shutter until licensed

VICTORIA – Private businesses that hope to get new government licenses to sell marijuana would be well advised to sell off their existing supply of cannabis and shut down by Wednesday until they receive official permission to operate, says the province’s marijuana minister. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said he’d recommend these businesses, currently operating in a legal grey area, close down after cannabis is legalized Oct. 17 until they get a new operating license from the government. “My advice to them is that there are new rules coming in place on Oct. 17 and they should start to abide by those rules,” he told reporters on Monday. “The City of… Read More

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If Trump Doesn’t Act on Jamal Khashoggi’s Apparent Murder, Rubio Says Congress Will

As the days drag on with no word from Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi journalist allegedly killed by a Saudi assassination squad, the question shifts from “What happened to Khashoggi?” to “What will America do about it?” On Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the number three Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on three separate news programs to argue for accountability if it proves true that Saudi operatives “went medieval on him.” “I believe the Trump administration will do something. The president has said that,” Rubio said on CNN’s State of the Union. “But, if he doesn’t, Congress will. That I can tell you with 100 percent… Read More

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President Trump Just Called Jim Mattis ‘Sort of a Democrat’

Nikki Haley came to the Oval Office last week to announce she’s leaving her post as U.N. ambassador by year’s end. White House counsel Don McGahn is on his way out. Everyone’s guessing how long the beleaguered Jeff Sessions will last after the midterms, with speculation rampant about who would replace him as attorney general. Some theorized that Haley resigned so she could fill South Carolina’s Senate seat once Lindsey Graham replaced Sessions, leading Graham to proclaim “zero interest” in a cabinet position. Now there’s another top job in question: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. In a contentious 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night, President Trump seemed to put Mattis… Read More

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How Newt Gingrich Broke American Politics

Newt Gingrich is an important man, a man of refined tastes, accustomed to a certain lifestyle, and so when he visits the zoo, he does not merely stand with all the other patrons to look at the tortoises—he goes inside the tank. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. On this particular afternoon in late March, the former speaker of the House can be found shuffling giddily around a damp, 90‑degree enclosure at the Philadelphia Zoo—a rumpled suit draped over his elephantine frame, plastic booties wrapped around his feet—as he tickles and strokes and paws at the giant shelled reptiles, declaring them… Read More

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Rob Shaw: NDP’s draft gag order could limit public dissent on party positions

VICTORIA — B.C.’s governing New Democratic Party has crafted new rules that could prevent some members and officials from publicly criticizing the decisions of Premier John Horgan’s government. A draft of an internal NDP code of conduct, obtained by Postmedia News, shows it would require members of the party’s provincial executive and committees to sign non-disclosure agreements that forbid them from publicly disagreeing with party or government policies. “Individuals agree that they shall, in all public statements (either written or verbal), promote the positions taken by the party through its duly constituted bodies and shall refrain from public criticisms of the party, its positions, or its elected officials,” reads the… Read More

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Schwarzenegger Is Back in a Wonky Campaign Fight Against Gerrymandering

When he said he’d be back, no one expected that Arnold Schwarzenegger meant at a tailgate rally at Michigan State ahead of the University of Michigan football game — but that’s where he will make his return to the campaign trail next Saturday in East Lansing. Schwarzenegger will land in the middle of the night, on a break from shooting the new Terminator movie in Budapest, to rally in support of Michigan Proposal 2, which would create an independent redistricting commission. He’ll then fly to Colorado for a rally supporting the redistricting initiative there, as part of his continuing mission to end partisan gerrymandering, which could lead to a massive… Read More

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Donald Trump’s Absentee Presidency

It is a poignant paradox of Donald Trump’s ubiquitous presidency—all tweets, all the time—that a leader who prides himself as omnipresent in digital public discourse is so often absent from national life in the hundred human ways in which the country has come to expect its presidents to perform. Latest case in point: After Hurricane Michael devastated parts of Florida’s Panhandle, Trump played host at the White House to Kanye West, who—in a ten-minute monologue in the Oval Office—dropped the F-bomb and praised Trump’s “Make American Great Again” cap as a hyper-masculine talisman that made him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.” But think about… Read More

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Joe Biden’s Endless Rumination About Running for President

Joe Biden has entered another long season of indecision. In London this week, he teased that he’s not a presidential candidate “at this point.” In March, he told a university audience, “I have to be able to … look in the mirror and know that if I don’t run, it’s not because I’m afraid of losing, it’s not because I don’t want to take on the responsibility.” In February, he mused to Andrea Mitchell, “Is this right for me to do?” And last November, he told Vanity Fair: “I haven’t decided to run, but I’ve decided I’m not going to decide not to run.” It’s a veritable callback to 2015,… Read More

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The Backlash to New Rules on Protests in D.C.

From the March on Washington to the March For Our Lives, from the women protesting for suffrage to the women protesting against President Trump, the grounds of the National Mall and the White House have been an important theater for Americans exercising their First Amendment rights in full view of their government. But a new set of rule changes proposed by the National Parks Service has some Americans worried that the use of these historic venues for demonstrations could soon be severely limited. Though the changes make for pretty dry reading—federal regulations are not known for being user-friendly—the perceived threat to free speech has led to an explosion in public… Read More

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Election 2018: SOGI, portables among top issues for would-be school trustees

When Cole Dirks began his transition three years ago in Grade 9, his father Brad lobbied their Langley school for changes to make the difficult process a little easier for his transgender son. It’s why Brad Dirks supports new learning resources for elementary and high schools designed to familiarize students with LGBTQ people. “With SOGI 123, it has already paved the way for kids like mine so parents don’t have to go to bat,” said Dirks, whose son is now a socially accepted Grade 12 student. “It allows trans people to be who they are.” Not everyone likes the learning resources being introduced to schools as part of the province’s… Read More

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