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Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Democracy in Crisis: White Supremacy, Monuments, Power—and What It All Means

Monday, August 21, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Donald Trump’s Aug. 15 press conference, during which he defended the racists in Charlottesville and attacked those there to protest them, was one of the worst performances of his presidency.

It came a day after the Durham, N.C., statue to commemorate Confederate soldiers came down thanks to activist...

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Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

Cannabis in the CV: The National Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Declassified; Could Cali Have Too Much Weed?

Saturday, August 19, 2017  |  Sean Planck

The National Conference of State Legislatures, citing the wave of legalization and the explosion of a new industry in its wake, on Aug. 7 passed a resolution urging the federal government to remove cannabis from Controlled Substances Act scheduling completely.

Marijuana’s Schedule I status prohibits ...

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Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Democracy in Crisis: Charlottesville and the Shattering of America

Sunday, August 13, 2017  |  Baynard Woods

Two middle-aged men, one black and one white, were walking up a street in downtown Charlottesville, Va., yelling at each other. It was a moment of relative normalcy in a day otherwise defined by mayhem.

Both men use the phrase “born and bred” to define their relationship to the smallish Southern coll...

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Anticipating a Break: California Already May Be Temporarily 'Paying' for Trump’s Hypothetical Tax Cuts

Anticipating a Break: California Already May Be Temporarily 'Paying' for Trump’s Hypothetical Tax Cuts

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Ben Christopher, CALmatters

Tax reform may not be much more than a glimmer in the eye of Republicans in Washington D.C., but their promise of lower rates and closed loopholes appears to be already affecting state and local finances.

Exhibit 1 comes in the form of a disappointing haul for California tax collectors this summer: I...

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Weed Everywhere: Despite the Legalization of Marijuana, California's Black Market Could Remain Huge

Weed Everywhere: Despite the Legalization of Marijuana, California's Black Market Could Remain Huge

Thursday, August 03, 2017  |  Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Legalizing marijuana, California voters were told last year, would create a “safe, legal and comprehensive system” allowing adults to consume the drug while keeping it out of the hands of children.

Marijuana would be sold in highly regulated stores, the Proposition 64 campaign promised, and Californi...

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August Astronomy: On Monday, Aug. 21, the Much-Anticipated Solar Eclipse Will Take Place—Nine Days After the Perseid Meteor Shower's Peak

August Astronomy: On Monday, Aug. 21, the Much-Anticipated Solar Eclipse Will Take Place—Nine Days After the Perseid Meteor Shower's Peak

Friday, July 28, 2017  |  Robert Victor

The summer of 2017 marks the 54th anniversary of my first successful expedition to observe a total solar eclipse.

The date was July 20, 1963, when our carload of astronomy graduate students from the University of Michigan made the long drive from Ann Arbor to the path of totality in Quebec. Cumulus c...

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