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Reefer sanity takes hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an...

Single-payer signal in the Obamacare noise

Whenever scandal arises in Washington, DC, the fight between the two parties typically ends up being a competition to identify a concise message in the chaos — or, as...

Learning from a thousand year flood

TWO months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state’s chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about...

What happened to the anti-war movement?

A mere 72 hours after President Obama delivered an encomium honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, he announced his intention to pound yet another country with...

Government not immune to the law

COURT cases are often cures for insomnia, but every so often a lawsuit is an eye-opening journey through the looking glass. One of those is suddenly upon us — and we...

How cash secretly rules surveillance policy

Have you noticed anything missing in the political discourse about the National Security Administration’s unprecedented mass surveillance? There’s certainly been a...

Humanity’s oldest story

This is a tale of two presidents — the one we hope we have and the one we actually have. It is also a tale of two kinds of violence — the surgical and the...

Washington fairy tales

As social media accelerate the velocity of political news, fact-free stereotypes and reductionist shorthand are increasingly substituted for accuracy and nuance. Coastal...

After Oklahoma disaster, thank government

Within hours of last week’s tornado disaster in Oklahoma, I (like many others) received emails from the President of the US and my senator. With impassioned language,...

The economic costs of workplace accidents

IF I told you that government officials possessed ironclad proof that an imminent threat to this nation had the capacity to create a 9/11’s worth of injuries and deaths...