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New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

A Federal appeals court has put a stay on crucial reforms to the NYPD’s controversial policy—but will next week’s mayoral election render the stay moot?

(Courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The FBI employs the same repressive tactics as the NYPD in its broad surveillance of Muslim communities. Why does the FBI get a pass?

(Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.

One journalist-provocateur’s journey into the drug war bureaucracy shows why previous efforts to reschedule pot have been DEA’d on arrival. 

President Barack Obama

While the press has hailed the president’s “public health” approach, the White House has cracked down on cannabis.

(Doug Chayka)

The fight against marijuana prohibition must put racial justice at the center.

(Reuters/John Gress/Files)

The federal government has subsidized the criminalization of millions of young people simply for having a small amount of  pot.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The grassroots struggle to free the weed has always been about more than just legalizing pot.

Medical Marijuana

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

Blogs

“The slackening of state gun regulations has all the absurdity of a joke, but none of the humor.”

June 23, 2014

“We’re really concerned that these detention centers…will not be under compliance with international law.”

June 20, 2014

After weeks of denying access, Border Patrol officials finally let reporters look inside two controversial immigrant processing centers. 

June 19, 2014

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

June 17, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014

An independent autoposy report raises serious questions about the medical professionals who carried out Clayton Lockett’s botched execution.

June 13, 2014

A complaint filed by legal groups details 116 cases of child abuse or mistreatment by border agents, including kicking, death threats and food deprivation.

June 12, 2014

Eric Cantor made one step towards reform— and was punished for it Tuesday night.

June 11, 2014

Most of the unaccompanied children waiting in a Nogalas detention facility migrated from violence-torn countries in Central America.

June 10, 2014

Conservative militants struck in Las Vegas and Georgia over the weekend. 

June 9, 2014