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New Jersey just legalized marijuana

New Jersey just legalized marijuana

Voters okayed marijuana legalization in November, and now the governor and legislature have made it reality.New Jersey effectively on Monday, following of marijuana legalization in the November general election.Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Monday multiple marijuana-related bills to legalize use for adults 21 and older, remove penalties for small amounts of the drug, and create a regulated market.Murphy came into office in 2018 after . But the idea faced a rocky path to fruition as the state’s lawmakers debated whether and how to implement legalization. Ultimately, lawmakers put the issue in...

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How Biden’s stimulus bill could actually build back better

How Biden’s stimulus bill could actually build back better

The economic relief bill should address the current crisis — but it can try to mitigate the next crisis, too.As President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress gear up to pass an economic relief package, their most pressing task is addressing the recession. But some economists and activists are hoping Biden and other lawmakers will also take a longer view.The recession has revealed many structural problems in the economy. Vast socioeconomic and racial inequality. Insufficient support for parents, who have been asked to do much more as schools and child care close down. Low-wage workers deemed...

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Why America can’t rely solely on individuals to stop Covid-19

Why America can’t rely solely on individuals to stop Covid-19

The countries that defeated the coronavirus have done so collectively. The US’s individualistic approach isn’t working.Finding the best ways to do good.Americans have spent much of the pandemic blaming one another for the coronavirus’s spread.Don’t go to that beach or park. Don’t go to that bar or restaurant. Don’t do anything for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Wear a mask! You don’t want to kill Grandma, do you?Public officials have joined in. Increasingly, they are blaming private gatherings, not the restaurants and bars they insist on keeping open, for the spread of the disease. In some...

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Dec 21
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Election Day was a major rejection of the war on drugs

Election Day was a major rejection of the war on drugs

In every state where marijuana legalization or another drug policy reform was on the ballot, it won. We still don’t know with certainty who will be the next president of the United States. But this year’s election results have given us a lot more clarity on one thing: American voters, even conservative ones, are ready to reel back the US’s war on drugs. In every state where a ballot measure asked Americans to reconsider the drug war, voters sided with reformers. In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, voters legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. In Mississippi and South...

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4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate

The final debate between President and former Vice President , held on Thursday evening, was the first one of the that actually felt like a debate.The was a chaotic disaster due to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had (the candidates held instead). This time around, and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.The format seems to have...

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Oregon’s ballot measure to decriminalize all drugs, explained

Oregon’s ballot measure to decriminalize all drugs, explained

The ballot measure is trying to move the state from a criminal justice to a public health approach on drugs.Oregon may take a big first step toward ending the war on drugs this November, with voters set to decide whether the state will decriminalize all drugs through the ballot initiative Measure 110.The initiative would decriminalize all drugs, including cocaine and heroin, and redirect the savings — along with sales tax revenue from marijuana, which is currently legal in the state — to setting up a drug addiction treatment and recovery program. It’s an attempt to replace the criminal...

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Trump said the opioid epidemic would go away. It didn’t.

Trump said the opioid epidemic would go away. It didn’t.

If Biden wins, he’ll have to be ready to do something about the opioid crisis.Finding the best ways to do good.Several months after his inauguration, President Donald Trump said the would end under his watch. “Watch what happens, if we do our jobs, how the number of drug users and the addicted will start to tumble downward over a period of years,” he in 2017. “It will be a beautiful thing to see.”It’s similar to the kind of empty promise Trump made on — when he it would disappear “like a miracle.” And just like the coronavirus, the opposite has happened: Under Trump, drug overdose deaths...

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How Mike Pence enabled Donald Trump’s botched Covid-19 response

How Mike Pence enabled Donald Trump’s botched Covid-19 response

Finding the best ways to do good.Vice President Mike Pence went into Wednesday’s versus Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with a big stain on his record: his prominent leadership role in the .“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Harris said, referring to Trump and Pence’s approach to Covid-19.Starting in February, Pence was made the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, which was charged with coordinating the federal response to the pandemic on a day-to-day basis. This put Pence in a...

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If Trump has learned anything from getting Covid-19, he’s not showing it

If Trump has learned anything from getting Covid-19, he’s not showing it

Trump’s drive-by motorcade photo-op is out of the same coronavirus playbook that got America into this mess.Finding the best ways to do good.If President Donald Trump has learned anything from getting sick with Covid-19, he’s not showing it.Since Trump’s diagnosis last Thursday, he and his administration have worked diligently to cover up the president’s disease. They’ve downplayed his symptoms. They’ve suggested he needed to be hospitalized not due to but out of an abundance of caution. They’ve posted videos and photos of the president doing normal things. Even the president’s own doctors...

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Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2020

Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2020

Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s “the least racist person.” His history suggests otherwise.If you ask President Donald Trump, he isn’t racist. To the contrary, he’s repeatedly that he’s “the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.”Trump’s actual record, however, tells a very different story.On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly made explicitly racist and otherwise bigoted remarks, from calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, to proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the US, to suggesting a judge should recuse himself from a case solely because of the judge’s Mexican...

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German Lopez
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Why the number of people getting tested for Covid-19 has dropped in the US

Why the number of people getting tested for Covid-19 has dropped in the US

Experts say we need more testing. But that’s not happening.Finding the best ways to do good.Through the late spring and summer, it looked like America was, slowly but surely, building up its Covid-19 testing capacity. But since July and particularly the start of September, that progress has stalled out — and the US’s testing numbers have fallen significantly overall.As of September 17, average daily tests are about 730,000, down from an average of 780,000 in early September and 830,000 in late July, according to the . Meanwhile, the , which is used to gauge testing capacity, has remained...

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Here’s how bad your state’s Covid-19 outbreak is

Here’s how bad your state’s Covid-19 outbreak is

These maps show how your state is doing.Finding the best ways to do good.The US is now in the middle of what can only be described as a national epidemic, with cases across the country rising at alarming rates in recent weeks.Public health experts look at a few markers to determine how bad things are in each state: the number of daily new cases; the infection rate, which can show how likely the virus is to spread; the percent of tests that come back positive, which should be low in a state with sufficient testing; and the percent of hospital beds that are occupied by very sick patients.A...

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San Francisco could have crushed Covid-19. Then Trump got in the way.

San Francisco could have crushed Covid-19. Then Trump got in the way.

Finding the best ways to do good.On June 25, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was excited the city’s zoo would finally reopen after closing down for months in response to . She visited the facilities, with a mask on and giraffes in the background.“I know people are eager to get back to some sense of normalcy, especially families and children,” she . And it looked like her city was taking a step toward it.The day after the visit, Breed had to announce the sad news: San Francisco’s reopening plan — for the zoo and various other facilities, including hair salons and indoor museums — .“COVID-19...

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Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

Just 3 states meet these basic criteria to reopen and stay safe

All 50 states their economies, at least partially, after shutting down businesses and gatherings in response to the .But a Vox analysis suggests that most states haven’t made the preparations needed to contain future waves of the pandemic — putting themselves at risk for a rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths should they continue to reopen.Experts told me states need three things to be ready to reopen. State leaders, from the governor to the legislature to health departments, need to ensure the SARS-CoV-2 virus is no longer spreading unabated. They need the testing capacity to track and...

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Trump’s White House banner claims "America leads the world in testing." That’s wrong.

Trump’s White House banner claims "America leads the world in testing." That’s wrong.

Other countries are still doing much better with Covid-19 testing.As President Donald Trump spoke at the Rose Garden on Tuesday about coronavirus testing, a banner behind him made a bold claim: “AMERICA LEADS THE WORLD IN TESTING.”That claim, however, is very misleading.It’s true that the US leads the world in total number of tests, in large part because it’s a big country and has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths globally. But when controlling for population, America is behind several countries in terms of Covid-19 testing: As of May 9, the US testing rate is roughly 26 per...

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Why America’s coronavirus testing barely improved in April

Why America’s coronavirus testing barely improved in April

America still has a big testing problem.In the past week, the situation seems to have improved. Daily testing numbers have gone up. President Donald Trump , and then , that the US will do 5 million Covid-19 tests a day “very soon.” The White House that the US has the machines to conduct more than 2 million tests a day. Labs they have unused capacity.These developments would be crucial to ending social distancing. All of the to do so, including , rely on much more testing to track and contain the coronavirus outbreak. On the low end, the plans call for 500,000 tests a day. On the high end,...

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Why New York has 14 times as many coronavirus deaths as California

Why New York has 14 times as many coronavirus deaths as California

As the coronavirus started to spread in the US, California, not New York, might have seemed a likelier place for the to peak.California, the nation’s most populous state, was among the first to report cases. The in the US was reported in California on February 26; the state reported its on March 4. New York lagged by days, reporting its on March 3 and on March 14.But as of April 13, the state has seen — while New York state has .Experts say it’s too early to definitively say why California is faring so much better than New York. One factor, though, is that California simply acted more...

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Virginia just decriminalized marijuana

Virginia just decriminalized marijuana

The state is the 27th to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.Virginia is .On Sunday, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) he signed a bill that will eliminate jail time for simple marijuana possession, leaving only a civil penalty with a fine in place for the first offense. Northam decriminalization was a priority for him, and the newly elected Democratic-controlled legislature his lead.This is not full . Under decriminalization, penalties carrying jail or prison time are removed, but lower-level penalties, like a fine, remain in place and sales remain illegal. Under legalization, all penalties for...

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Another way coronavirus will make Americans’ lives worse in the long term: More guns

Another way coronavirus will make Americans’ lives worse in the long term: More guns

America’s gun problem stands to get a little worse after all of this ends. The coronavirus pandemic is leading people to buy way, way more guns — and that will likely translate into more gun violence in the long term. Based on newly released FBI data, March was a record month for background checks in the US. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) carried out roughly 3.7 million background checks in March — 12 percent higher than the previous record of 3.3 million in December 2015, Daniel Nass reported for the Trace. This doesn’t tell us the exact number of gun...

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Trump’s latest coronavirus press briefing was a disastrous failure in leadership

Trump’s latest coronavirus press briefing was a disastrous failure in leadership

We need clear guidance during a national crisis. Trump is failing.In times of national crisis, the country is supposed to rely on the president to provide clear messages to guide them through new problems. But as America continues to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump is failing.That was very clear at Thursday’s daily coronavirus press briefing, as Trump went on long, boastful rants, talked about unrelated topics, and joked about kicking journalists out of daily press briefings. At times, it was unclear what Trump was talking about at all.While discussing some of the...

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German Lopez
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The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response was years in the making

The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response was years in the making

President Donald Trump’s failure to respond to the didn’t begin with the administration’s experts say are needed to tackle the crisis. It didn’t start with Trump’s downplaying the crisis even as it’s worsened.It began in April 2018 — more than a year and a half before the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, sickened enough people in China that authorities realized they were dealing with a new disease.The Trump administration, with John Bolton newly at the helm of the White House National Security Council, began dismantling the team in charge of pandemic response, and in...

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German Lopez
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A new, big review of the evidence found that Alcoholics Anonymous works — for some

A new, big review of the evidence found that Alcoholics Anonymous works — for some

The 12-step approach doesn’t work for everyone, but it can be as effective as other forms of treatment for some people.Addiction treatment based on Alcoholics Anonymous works as well as or better than scientifically proven treatments for alcohol addiction, according to a by Cochrane, an organization renowned for its analyses of scientific research.The review does not mean that AA and treatments that use the 12 steps, which are derived from AA, work for everyone with alcohol addiction. But it shows that, at least for some people, AA and 12-step treatments work as well as alternative...

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Voter turnout surged in Super Tuesday states that ditched caucuses

Voter turnout surged in Super Tuesday states that ditched caucuses

One simple trick for getting a lot more people to vote.If you’re looking for an argument against caucuses (beyond ), look no further than the results of Super Tuesday’s primary elections.Between 2016 and 2020, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah all switched from caucuses, in which people meet and debate before publicly aligning themselves in groups with the candidate they support, to primary elections, in which people simply vote in private as they do in general elections.In all four caucus-ditching states, turnout surged dramatically from 2016 to 2020:One other way to look at it: In...

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Wash your damn hands

Wash your damn hands

It’s one of the best ways to prevent Covid-19 — and you’re probably doing it wrong. Germany’s Ministry of Health launched a campaign on February 6 to teach children and adults how to wash their hands correctly and thoroughly in order to prevent transmission of Covid-19 and other diseases. Peter Gercke/picture alliance via Getty Images With Covid-19 cases in nearly 50 countries, and the World Health Organization’s risk assessment now at the highest level, there’s never been a better time to brush up on one of the easiest ways to avoid the spread of infectious disease: proper, consistent...

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Fred Guttenberg, Parkland shooting victim’s father, was escorted out of State of the Union

Fred Guttenberg, Parkland shooting victim’s father, was escorted out of State of the Union

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a teen girl killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting, was escorted out of the State of the Union on Tuesday after protesting President Donald Trump’s inaction on gun violence. Guttenberg’s protest came shortly after Trump vowed his opposition to stricter gun laws. “Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another constitutional right that is under siege all across our country,” Trump said. “So long as I am president I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” Guttenberg reportedly shouted that...

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