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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.  READ MORE»

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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