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Medical Marijuana

The discovery of pot’s astonishing medical potential is the most compelling new reason for legalizing the plant.

Medical marijuana products at Canna Pi medical dispensary in Seattle

Legalization in the Evergreen State has led to parallel marijuana industries. Is there room for both?

Protest to raise the minimum wage

If Republicans are playing hardball, Democrats should too.

Expand medicaid

Republicans replay their Southern Strategy in an attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Float On, sensory deprivation, floaters, Restricted Environmental Stimulation

Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life?

Kurt Vonnegut

An excerpt from the new eBook Vonnegut by the Dozen: Twelve Pieces by Kurt Vonnegut.

Supreme Court

The unanimous decision is a victory for patients, women, scientists, doctors, researchers and human kind.

Myriad

The outcome will effect far more than just the genetic test for breast cancer.

Saxby Chambliss

It’s the height of hypocrisy: They call for repeal of the law but plead for its dollars on behalf of constituents.

Sen. Patty Murray

With a two-seat gain while chair of the DSCC and a successful effort to get a budget through the Senate under her belt, Patty Murray has become a major force in the Senate.

Blogs

The Democratic Senator from Oregon has endorsed Paul Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare, taking away the Democrats’ best issue in 2012. 

December 15, 2011

Why was a respected pediatrician and Harvard professor forced to resign from his government post?

December 5, 2011

The media love reporting on year-to-year fluctations in the American teen birth rate. Less attention is paid to the fact that teen pregnancy is exponentially more common in the United States than in other developed world nations.

November 18, 2011

New York City’s new sex ed curriculum is based on real evidence: very young teens are having sex, and need to know how to stay safe.

October 26, 2011

Injectable hormonal birth control can double a woman's risk of contracting HIV from her partner, even as it prevents pregnancy. Condoms are still the best way to prevent both pregnancy and HIV.

October 4, 2011

Bachmann claims that a state individual health insurance mandate, not just the federal one, is unconstitutional. 

September 30, 2011

 Bachmann claims that a state individual health insurance mandate, not just the federal one, is unconstitutional. 

September 30, 2011

As governor of Texas and a candidate for president, Perry has proposed to turn Medicaid into a block grant program. That would be devastating for people with disabilities. 

September 26, 2011

The president plans to cut “waste, fraud and abuse,” but his proposal would in practice harm the neediest.

September 19, 2011

Rick Perry got something right, Michele Bachmann is all wrong, but we all need to think harder about whether the HPV vaccine should be mandatory.

September 14, 2011