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Jane is the founder of firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC. Subscribe in a reader

Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 4:20 pm

Efforts to legalize marijuana in Oregon received an important boost today. The Democratic Party of Oregon officially came out in support of Initiative 91, which will legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and over. It was one of several initiatives on the ballot this year the party decided to endorse.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain.

Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

Activists In Oakland Block Israeli Ship From Docking

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 12:16 pm

Pro-Palestinian activists in the city of Oakland, California are blocking the docking of an Israeli commercial vessel in response to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. The protest entered its third day when 20 protesters demonstrating under the banner of “Block The Boat” arrived at the port of Oakland to stop an Israeli ship from docking.

Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 11:07 am

Law enforcement in America has often strayed from the role they should be playing in a fair and democratic society. We have seen police turn into warrior cops instead of keepers of the peace. There is no easy solution for a complex problem so long in the making. Undoing centuries of racism and decades of bad policies is not going to be accomplished quickly, but here are three broad goals to at least create a less adversarial relationship between the police and the public.

McConnell Plans for 2015 to Be Even More Confrontational

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 10:05 am

If you thought the recent Congressional term just didn’t have enough showdowns, big political confrontations and government shutdowns then you should be really excited for 2015. In an interview with Politico Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised very aggressive confrontations with President Obama if Republicans win control of the Senate, and possibly even another government shutdown.

Police Made Several Arrests in Ferguson and Fired Pepper Spray After Water Bottle Was Thrown

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 9:00 am

Police deployed to Ferguson to supposedly keep the community safe and control demonstrations calling for justice for Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, arrested at least forty-seven people on Tuesday night. The arrests mostly occurred after midnight.

ISIS Executes American Journalist For US Airstrikes In Iraq, Holds Another

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:58 am

The Islamic State also known as IS and previously the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) executed American freelance journalist James Foley, 40, yesterday. Foley was missing for over a year after reporting in Syria and read a statement before being beheaded by a member of ISIS in retaliation for US airstrikes in Iraq. Foley said in the video, likely under duress, “I call on my family and friends and loved ones to rise up against the real killers, the U.S. government,” and called on his brother – who is apparently in the US Air Force – to refuse to bomb ISIS fighters.

Ferguson Crackdown Loses US Credibility On Human Rights Around The World

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:49 am

The police riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing a headache for more than just local and state politicians. Not only has the federal government felt compelled to get involved in hopes of quelling the outrage, but US diplomats overseas are going to have a more difficult time convincing the rest of the world that America is a credible authority on the rule of law and human rights with armored vehicles storming the streets and heavily equipped police officers arresting journalists.

Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 3:30 pm

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction.

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