There was no violence in Nevada convention. I was there 8 hours – Nina Turner


 

RT America | May 18, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders issued a stinging rebuke to the Democratic Party’s leadership for criticizing his supporters’ protests at the Nevada convention last weekend, saying it had used its power “to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place.” The mainstream media has used the word “violence” to describe some political angst vented by Bernie backers that night. However, not everybody agrees with that assessment, as Nina Turner, national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign, tells RT America’s Ed Schultz.

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The DEA Is Getting Dragged ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Into the New World of Marijuana


A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown Denver, April 20, 2015. (photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)
A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver’s annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown Denver, April 20, 2015. (photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

 

Christopher Woody | International Business Times | Reader Supported News | May 18, 2016

n April, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it would review marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug, considered the “most dangerous class” of substances.

While the DEA’s announcement is a positive sign, many drug policy experts think it’s unlikely the agency will actually decide to change marijuana’s classification, despite a dramatic shift in public sentiment about the drug.

Marijuana’s position in the top tier of the scheduling system — which organizes drugs by their “acceptable medical use and … abuse or dependency potential” — has endured since the 1970s.

“DEA will carry out its assessment of the FDA recommendation in accordance with the [Controlled Substances Act] … and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” the DEA said in a letter to a group of Democratic senators, first obtained by the Huffington Post.

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Elizabeth Warren: GOP ‘Ringing the Dinner Bell’ for Lobbyists


Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)
Sen Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Greg Nash/Getty)

 

Tim Devaney | The Hill | Reader Supported News | May 18, 2016

en. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and fellow Democrats are vowing to block Republican efforts to roll back controversial regulations.

Warren on Wednesday slammed the GOP for connecting policy riders that would overturn regulations to must-pass government funding bills.

In recent years, Republicans have turned to policy riders in an attempt to cut off regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, Labor Department and other federal agencies.

“It’s like ringing the dinner bell for lobbyists,” Warren said. “They are swarming this place, because they have all sorts of goodies they want to sneak into” the government spending bills.

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Millions More Workers Would Be Eligible for Overtime Pay Under New Federal Rule


Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and President Obama will announce a new rule Wednesday that will expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and President Obama will announce a new rule Wednesday that will expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

 

he Obama administration will unveil a new rule Wednesday that would make millions of middle-income workers eligible for overtime pay, a move that delivers a long-sought victory for labor groups.

The regulations, which were last updated more than a decade ago, would let full-time salaried employees earn overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year, more than double the current threshold of $23,660 a year. The Labor Department estimates that the rule would boost the pay of 4.2 million additional workers.

The change is scheduled to take effect Dec. 1.

The move caps a long-running effort by the Obama administration to aid low- and middle-income workers whose paychecks have not budged much in the last few decades, even as the top earners in America have seen their compensation soar. The last update to the rules came in 2004, and Wednesday’s announcement is the third update to the salary threshold for overtime regulations in 40 years.

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Search Warrant Change Sparks Major Backlash From Civil Liberties Advocates


Katie Bo Williams | The Hill | Reader Supported News | May 16, 2016

battle is brewing on Capitol Hill over a seemingly small change to federal hacking powers that critics say will authorize sweeping government surveillance.

Unless Congress moves by December to block the change, judges will be allowed to grant a single warrant for multiple electronic searches in different locations — even when investigators don’t know the physical location of a device.

The fight is being waged against the backdrop of a massive government hack into one of the largest child pornography sites on the dark Web.

A judge in Massachusetts has already thrown out evidence in a case against users of the site, because without the proposed change, U.S. District Judge William Young ruled, the warrant the government used to search users’ computers was invalid.

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NSA helped with Gitmo interrogations, Snowden reveals


 

RT America | May 16, 2016

The NSA participated in Guantanamo Bay interrogations, while the US military took part in a rendition from Bosnia, newly released leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden show. A decade’s worth of NSA newsletters will be published over the coming months. For more on this, RT America’s Simone Del Rosario is joined by Alexey Yaroshevsky.

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CIA ‘accidentally’ destroys torture report, whistleblower questions how that can happen


 

RT America | May 16, 2016

The CIA’s internal watchdog “inadvertently” deleted its only copy of the Senate report on torture techniques employed by the agency in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks – and did so while the Justice Department insisted in court that copies were being stored. For more on this, former CIA analyst-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario.

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Trans Activist on Why Fights Over Bathrooms Are Just the Beginning


Cherno Biko. (photo: Emma Parker)
Cherno Biko. (photo: Emma Parker)

 

Tessa Stuart | Rolling Stone | Reader Supported News | May 14, 2016

“There are so many causes that we have to champion. We can’t just pick one,” says Cherno Biko

herno Biko was forced to grapple with the grave consequences of even the most basic decisions early on in life. “I come from Ohio, which is one of the worst states for trans rights,” says Biko, co-founder of Black Trans Lives Matter. As a 15-year-old, “I went into the men’s restroom and I was beat up, and so I went into the women’s restroom and someone called the police on me and I was arrested.”

On Friday, the Departments of Education and Justice together released a set of guidelines intended to keep young trans men and women from being forced into a similar situation. The guidelines guarantee trans students equal access to sex-segregated facilities — the right to use the bathroom that suits their gender identity. The Human Rights campaign hailed the move as “groundbreaking,” but Biko is, largely, unimpressed.

“I fear that it’s just too little too late,” Biko, who uses the pronoun “they,” says.

Of course it should be a priority to protect equal access to bathrooms, they say, and to housing, and to employment opportunities — but no one should be congratulating themselves for taking a step that is, in the grand scheme of things, very, very small. “We have to confront a society that can murder 25 black trans women in the span of a year, not say anything about it, not care, and then when white folks can’t use the bathroom, that’s when President Obama gets involved,” Biko says.

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What It’s Like To Date Someone Who Is Disabled (According To My Non-Disabled Exes)


Josh Galassi | Queerty | May 14, 2016

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What’s it like to be with someone who is gay and disabled and an occasional hot mess?

As a gay man living with Cerebral Palsy, I get asked this question a lot–in one form or another. I could tell you all about it. But what’s the fun in that? Instead, in a moment or sheer genius (or sheer stupidity, depending on who you ask), I decided to ask my non-disabled former flames what it’s like to be with someone who is gay and disabled.

I asked them, in their words, to tell me about first meeting, sex, dating and why they never proposed to me. Curious for more? Read on!

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Federal agencies won’t hold up money amid NC anti-trans law battle


 | LGBTQNation | May 12, 2016

FILE - In this May 9, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Four years ago, North Carolina was the one that got away for Democrats, the only battleground state President Barack Obama didn’t carry in his resounding re-election triumph. Now, with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket and state GOP officials embroiled in a contentious fight over transgender rights, Democrats see a ripe opportunity for likely nominee Hillary Clinton to grab North Carolina back in November, as well as boost her party’s prospects in competitive races for Senate and governor.

FILE – In this May 9, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Four years ago, North Carolina was the one that got away for Democrats, the only battleground state President Barack Obama didn’t carry in his resounding re-election triumph. Now, with Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket and state GOP officials embroiled in a contentious fight over transgender rights, Democrats see a ripe opportunity for likely nominee Hillary Clinton to grab North Carolina back in November, as well as boost her party’s prospects in competitive races for Senate and governor. ( AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

WASHINGTON — The White House says federal agencies won’t withhold money for North Carolina while a legal fight plays out over the state’s law on gay, lesbian and transgender rights.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says an administration review is now on hold about whether the law could force federal agencies to freeze money for health, education or housing programs. He says the agencies will wait for the courts to determine whether the law violates the Civil Rights Act.

The Justice Department and North Carolina’s governor sued each other on Monday. At issue is a state law that says transgender people must use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

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