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  • ‘College Was a Long Time Ago’ for Rand Paul and Laughing Gas Tale September 30, 2014 Tom Uhlman/AP Photo Rand Paul has never been quiet when it comes to voicing his disapproval of America’s war on drugs. And a new profile in the New Yorker, which traced Paul’s life from childhood to potential 2016 presidential contender, details a time when the Kentucky senator reportedly engaged in a little drug use of his own. One of Rand Paul’s classmates at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, told the New Yorker that he once obtained tanks of nitrous oxide from a friend studying dentistry. Another colleague added that the three of them then attached a scuba mask directly to the tank and got high ... Read more
  • At White House, Prescription Drug Protesters Call for New FDA Chief September 29, 2014 WH protest of FDA WASHINGTON — Hundreds gathered outside the White House today to demand tighter regulation of prescription painkillers and the removal of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. “Hey hey, ho ho, Peggy Hamburg’s got to go!” protesters chanted outside the White House. Hamburg, who goes by Peggy, has led the FDA since 2009. The chant accompanied cries that President Obama has not done enough to counter opiate-painkiller abuse and addiction, even though his Office of National Drug Control Policy has recognized prescription drug abuse as a growing problem. Anti-Addiction Groups Call for New FDA Chief Nutrition Labels Get a Facelift to Reflect Reality FDA ... Read more
  • Does John Boehner Believe American Boots on Ground Needed to Defeat the Islamic State? September 29, 2014 abc news While a U.S.-led coalition continues to strike militants in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS. “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview for ABC News in Portland, Maine this week. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to take more than air strikes to drive them out of there. At some point somebody’s boots ... Read more
  • Reflecting on Ferguson Unrest, Obama Expands Minority Youth Outreach Program September 29, 2014 Protesters join hands during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014. WASHINGTON — President Obama says the turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer last August exposed a racial divide between law enforcement and black America, and he vowed to expand a White House program aimed at empowering black youth. “We have to close the justice gap: How justice is applied but also how it is perceived, how it is experienced,” the president said in an address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala Saturday night. “That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and a community ... Read more
  • Ramsey to Speak About Amendment One September 29, 2014 LtGovRamseyKINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – Amid allegations, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey is set to make an appearance today in Kingsport. Around 11:30 this morning Ramsey will speak to the Greater Kingsport Republican Women at Food City on Eastman Road. Ramsey will take the opportunity to speak about Amendment One, something Ramsey is advocating. If approved by voters on the November ballot, Amendment One would insert constitutional language empowering the legislation to enact, amend, or repeal state statues regarding abortion, including pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or when necessary to protect the life of the mother. (Copyright 2014 WKPT. All rights reserved.) Credit to: WKPT Staff | E-mail Read more
  • Watch a Gubernatorial Candidate Take a Hit of Pot September 26, 2014 (Anne Armstrong/Facebook) One gubernatorial candidate is blazing the campaign trail, quite literally. Anne Armstrong is a medical cannabis caregiver and patient running as a write-in candidate for Rhode Island governor. “Yes, I do smoke cannabis, and yes, I do inhale,” she says in a campaign video on her YouTube page. And just in case there was any doubt, she proves it. Armstrong says that she uses cannabis for medicinal purposes every day, and as governor would pass marijuana legislation for patients and work to remove the stigma associated with the plant. “I have a vision for our state where common sense, compassion, and cooperation can re-create ... Read more
  • Obama’s UN Resolution on Foreign Fighters Explained September 25, 2014 Obama President Obama presided over a rare and significant session of the U.N. Security Council today as leaders of 15 nations voted to unanimously adopt a resolution aimed at stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across the globe. It was only the sixth time in the Security Council’s 68-year history that member country heads of state convened for a session, and only the second time a U.S. president held the rotating chairmanship. In 2009, Obama led a meeting on nuclear nonproliferation. The White House says the resolution is a critical cornerstone of the long-term, global effort to destroy Islamic extremist groups, like ... Read more
  • Why the State Department Tweeted ‘Photos’ of Dead ISIS Fighters September 24, 2014 Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey, Jan. 2, 2014. Picture taken January 2, 2014. Think Again Turn Away — the U.S. State Department’s anti-jihad Twitter messaging arm — tweeted warnings and images today meant to dissuade anyone from being radicalized and becoming a terrorist. The account, @ThinkAgain_DOS, tweeted photos that appear to show U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and dead bodies being zipped into body bags, apparently ISIS fighters killed in the bombing campaign. The U.S., along with several Arab nations, began a bombing campaign on Monday to eliminate ISIS targets in Syria. The bombs began falling late at night on Sept. 22, in Eastern time, which would be Sept. 23 in Syria–the date referenced ... Read more
  • Watch Matt Damon Do His Best Bill Clinton Impression September 24, 2014 abc news Matt Damon dusted off his southern accent on Tuesday, briefly aping President Clinton’s signature drawl at a Clinton Global Initiative event in New York. “The president has been great, and when we talked to him, to President Clinton a few years ago, he said, ‘just keep running those numbers up. Just run ‘em up,’” said the Good Will Hunting star, who attended CGI to plug clean water initiatives. President Obama, whose speech about civil activism followed Damon’s water talk, laughed about being the runner-up attraction. “Always wonderful to follow Matt Damon. I saw people trickling out after he was done,” the former president ... Read more
  • President Obama Gesture to Marines Dubbed ‘Latte Salute’ September 24, 2014 Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street landing zone in New York City, en route the United Nations, he saluted two Marines at the bottom of the stairs as he held a coffee cup in the same hand. The unusual gesture appeared in an Instagram video posted by the White House on social media. Obama is also wearing sunglasses as he arrived, with the first lady not far behind. The video drew ridicule from some Instagram users, who saw the unorthodox salute as “un-presidential.” “Hopefully it was just a slip by this President,” ... Read more