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Virginia's Cuccinelli Cool With Cannabis?

Feb 8, 2013 2:00 PM PT

It would seem that Virginia Attorney General and candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli thinks states should "experiment" (there's a pun in there somewhere right?) with legalizing marihuana. "I don't have a problem with states experimenting with this sort of thing. I think that's the role of the states," Cuccinelli said.  

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Authority From Above, Confidence From Below

Feb 8, 2013 1:49 PM PT

Speaking of the San Jose rag deliberately withholding information from its readers -- or "marks," I believe they say in the confidence business -- Sexton had a sorta-overlooked piece last night,  The NY Times' Shifting Standards on Mixing Murder and Politics.

The catch here is that the New York Times, having spent days claiming Lougher was inspired by Palin, deleted its previous claims, without noting their correction/retraction.

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Chicago Police Union Wants 12% Raise

Feb 8, 2013 10:48 AM PT

Illinois has the worst debt rating in the US thanks to out-of-control union pensions and health care costs. And yet, police unions in Chicago are asking for consecutive 6 percent annual raises plus a cost of living adjustment:

Union president Michael Shields said it’s simply a matter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel making public safety a priority. In addition to 6 percent yearly raises, the union wants $3,000 yearly “cost of living in Chicago” stipends for police to help defray the expense of the requirement that they live within city limits.

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Iowahawk's Story is Red-Hot, But... It Ultimately Comes from Infowars

Feb 8, 2013 10:45 AM PT

I just linked this story on my blog, and a reader, @tsrblke, let me know that if you click through all the way, the "news report" the Examiner (not the Washington Examiner, but that online Examiner outfit) cites turns out to be a post at conspiracy-monger Alex Jones' Infowars.

It's a great story-- but until, say, Breitbart's Kerry Picket or Matt Boyle can confirm it, we probably ought not to treat it as true.

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Hillary Clinton Tops Obama's in Polls

Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM PT

In response to Latest Polls Put Obama's Approval Under 50%:

So, I just finished up another panel discussion with HuffPost Live, and one of the topics covered was Hillary Clinton's high approval ratings. The panel was asked why Clinton was so popular, and most on the panel, except for me thought that it was because she was just plain "awesome." That was host's Marc Lamont Hill's exact description of Hillary.

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