David Zurawik: MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse. The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government -- and tries to mask what it is up to.
We'll depart from books this week to discuss music, but specifically to have DR members confess to being a big fan of a band or singer that other users would find surprising based on what they assume about them. For instance, The Pope being a fan of Black Sabbath would be construed as a guilty pleasure. read more
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana.
It would make marijuana legal for adults 21 and over and create a system to regulate and tax it like alcohol.
The bill would create an excise tax of $50 per ounce on wholesale sales and direct proceeds to fund treatment programs to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. read more