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TODAY'S TOP STORIES - April 4, 2018




The Science Can No Longer Be Ignored: Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse and Mortality


By Paul Armentano, AlterNet


For many patients, cannabis offers a viable alternative to opioids.  READ MORE»


Lou Dobbs, Trump Whisperer: President's Media Mirror Is Also an Adviser


By Heather Digby Parton, Salon


Veteran Fox Business host was a Trumper before Trump was. Now he reportedly calls into White House meetings. READ MORE»


5 Other Financial Gender Gaps We Need to Solve Besides the Pay Gap


By Liz Posner, AlterNet


Lower salaries aren't the only factor holding women back from accumulating wealth. READ MORE»


The Racial Wealth Divide Holds Back Black Earners at All Levels


By Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Institute for Policy Studies


If our nation wants to put its history of racial inequality behind it, we must bridge the wealth divide. READ MORE»


'Punish a Muslim Day' Is Especially Terrifying For Muslim Women


By Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet


Muslim women are easily identified by religious markers like the hijab, making them potential targets of hate crimes. READ MORE»


Confessions of a Former Sinclair News Director


By Aaron Weiss, The Huffington Post


As Sinclair prepared to purchase my station, I emailed a colleague to say, "From everything I've seen so far, it's not the evil empire some people think." It took just a few months to realize how wrong I was. READ MORE»


Tiffany Trump Reportedly Doesn't Feel 'Totally Welcome' Around Her Own Father


By Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story


The president has a "strained" relationship with his younger daughter, and it's apparently gotten worse. READ MORE»


Chinese Billionaire Wallops Roger Stone With $100 Million Defamation Suit Over His Infowars Screeds


By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story


The lawsuit is the latest in a series of defamation suits against Infowars. READ MORE»


We Have a President Who Governs Like He Read Malcolm Gladwell's 'Blink'


By Rick Shenkman, History News Network


In "Blink," Gladwell recommended we rely on our instincts. We now have a president who does so, and it's not working out. READ MORE»


Mansplaining Guns and Gender: Tucker Carlson to Address NRA Women's Group


By Amanda Marcotte, Salon


Inviting a virulent sexist to speak at a women’s luncheon exposes the deep vein of misogyny in the gun lobby.
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Watch This Republican Lawmaker in Oklahoma Have a Meltdown Over Teacher Strike


By Brad Reed, Raw Story


He inexplicably posted a video of himself throwing a tantrum to social media. READ MORE»


After Miners' Deaths, Protests Rage in Morocco


By Ilhem Rashidi, AlterNet


The unequal distribution of wealth is fueling protests across the country. READ MORE»


Don't Let Trump Betray Veterans


By Joe Conason, AlterNet


The president is sacrificing vets to the Koch brothers. READ MORE»


CNN Host Stifles Laughter As Trump-Backing Guest Seriously Claims Mexicans Are Staging a 'Soft Invasion'


By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story


The idea was too overtly ridiculous for even feigned consideration. READ MORE»


What the Teacher Strikes Mean


By Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect


The white-collar rising of 2018 reflects millennial militancy, the death of the Norquist pledge, and one more issue on which Democrats need to move left. READ MORE»


Watch An Exasperated Stephanie Ruhle School Donald Trump About How Trade Actually Works


By Bob Brigham, Raw Story


She also reminded the audience that our businessman president went bankrupt four times. READ MORE»


Despite Overwhelming Opposition from Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling


By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch


Out of 81,862 comments filed, only 75 were reportedly in favor of granting the permit. READ MORE»


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