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In mid-October 1996, two months after the publication of Gary Webb's series "Dark Alliance" in the San Jose Mercury News, an extraordinary town meeting took place in Compton, California, o

Follow these links for the other articles in this forum: the original article by Michael Massing, and reponses by Peter Kornbluh and Elliott Currie--and Massing's concluding thoughts.

Follow these links for the other articles in this forum: the original article by Michael Massing, and reponses by Peter Kornbluh andMike Gray--and Massing's concluding thoughts.

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In early December 1984, an undercover police officer named Marcellus Ward met with a pair of heroin dealers above a candy store in southwest Baltimore.

Listen to a debate among drug policy advocates and you're likely to hear impassioned claims about the brilliant success (or dismal failure) of more "liberal" approaches in certain European countr

Research assistance: David Levinson Wilk.

For more than half a century, the US government has maintained a hard line on marijuana, denying that the plant has any medical value at all.

Nearly everyone seems to agree that the war on drugs has been a disaster, but little progress in ending it has been made.

On July 26 I sat for almost fourteen hours in a hearing room waiting to testify before Congress on the tragedy at Waco, and watched a dismal performance.

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September 16, 2010

Senators decide next week if hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people will get a path to citizenship. Student activists are mobilizing to convince them to say yes.

September 16, 2010

Tea Party candidates edge out GOP in primaries in Delaware and New York, Newt Gingrich gets a zinger on Twitter, and Stephen Colbert gets fresh with a Princeton historian.

September 15, 2010

McChrystal is identified in The Tillman Story (and earlier in various news probes) as a willing participant in the cover-up of how the soldier died.

September 10, 2010

Obama's power-grab, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the mail.

September 10, 2010

The opening of the NFL season witnessed perhaps the most public display of solidarity in US history. Seriously.

September 10, 2010

Shadowy individuals aim to control our way of life, and women's lives and liberties, especially, are at risk.

September 10, 2010

Newest pieces, women complaining about the attention given to Jonathan Franzen, some book and DVD recommendations and the latest mail.

September 9, 2010

Why are 20-somethings taking longer to grow up, no longer following the traditional timetable of adulthood?

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