Aug 14, 2013, 12:05 pm EDT
A candidate in the race to become New York City’s next mayor says that the Big Apple could raise a small fortune in tax revenue if marijuana is legalized.
The proposal comes from city Comptroller John Liu, who estimates that the city would take more than $400 million annually through excise and sales taxes if pot were permitted for recreational use. He also forecasts an annual savings of $31 million in court and police expenses if his plan is adopted, the Associated Press notes.
New York City cannot legalize marijuana use on its own. It would require approval from the state legislature, where opposition is likely to be strong. Governor Andrew Cuomo is also an opponent of legalization. Read
Aug 14, 2013, 11:26 am EDT
The New York Times printed a blistering critique of the Clinton Foundation today, slamming the global initiative for financial problems and mismanagement.
The move could mean trouble for Hillary Clinton at a time that some say she is gearing up for a presidential run.
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Aug 13, 2013, 12:11 pm EDT
The Missouri State Fair has banned for life a rodeo clown who donned an Obama mask at Saturday’s bull-riding event, in which the president was seemingly mocked to the crowd’s delight.
“The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday’s event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not reflect the opinions or standards of the Missouri State Fair,” fair organizers said in a prepared statement. “We strive to be a family friendly event and regret that Saturday’s rodeo badly missed that mark.”
Rodeo association president and rodeo announcer Mark Ficken allegedly asked the crowd if anyone wanted to see Obama get charged by a bull, but through his attorney, Ficken said it was an unscripted act done by the rodeo clown wearing a microphone. Read
Aug 13, 2013, 11:57 am EDT
Civil rights organizations are challenging North Carolina’s new voting reform law.
The measure, which requires voters to show photo IDs in order to vote, was signed into law by the Governor Patrick McCrory and enjoys the support of 70% of state residents, according to a recent poll. Under the law, only U.S. passports, in-state drivers’ licenses and military IDs can be used as identification, CBS News notes.
In a statement, McCrory noted that photo IDs are mandatory for people traveling by airplane or buying common over-the-counter medications and described the measure as a “common sense law.” Residents who do not drive can procure a photo ID from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles at no charge. Read
Aug 13, 2013, 10:39 am EDT
From the department of “this is not a joke” comes news that First Lady Michelle Obama will release a rap album.
She will allegedly speak, but does not sing, about the benefits of getting fit.
Politico reports that as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign, the first lady has enlisted the musical assistance of Jordin Sparks, Ashanti and Run DMC, among others. Read
Aug 12, 2013, 8:05 pm EDT
Ron Paul’s post-Congress career begins in earnest today, as the former U.S. Representative and presidential candidate’s online TV channel officially launched.
The service, called the Ron Paul Channel, is a subscription service that charges $9.95 a month for access. Subscribers to the channel receive access to broadcasts and interviews from Paul, former NBC and ABC News correspondent Diana Alvear, and other friends and guests of Paul.
The channel aims to update several times a week, and already has posted a trailer advertising the channel and a preview of an interview with The Guardian journalist and Edward Snowden story-breaker Glenn Greenwald. Read