Chelsea said there was anecdotal evidence that marijuana may be useful in the treatment of epilepsy or relieving the suffering of people going through chemotherapy, but "we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking." read more
Barred from participating in the Clinton-Trump showdown at New York's Hofstra University, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein fights back with her own livestream Q&A contribution to the debate on social media.
In answer to a debate question how to achieve prosperity, Stein said Clinton approved of NAFTA, which was signed into law by her husband, then president, Bill Clinton.
She said everything that Donald Trump markets is an off-shored manufactured item.
"So Donald Trump knows all about it. In fact, he advised that people close their factories and move somewhere and then impose low wages on the workers," Stein told more than 7,000 viewers on her livestream.
"We are calling for the antidote to NAFTA. The Green New Deal, investing in people, 20 million living wage jobs that will transition us to 100 percent clean energy," said Stein." [Restoring] our ecosystem, turning the tide on climate change, reviving our health, that alone is enough." read more
Neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein cleared the 15% polling mark they needed to make it into the first debate. But there's another magic number they can still reach that could provide a huge boon to their parties: 5%.
That's because if a political party draws 5% of the popular vote in a presidential election, it qualifies for public funding under Federal Election Commission guidelines. So if Johnson or Stein meet the mark in November, in 2020 the Libertarian Party or the Green Party could get access to tens of millions of dollars. (The exact figure would be determined by the ratio of each of their votes to the average of Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's.) read more
An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now host Amy Goodman. Goodman was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Democracy Now was in North Dakota last week to cover the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. On Sept. 3, Democracy Now filmed security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company using dogs and pepper spray against protesters. "This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press," Goodman said. read more
Two new investigations, and a coordinated effort by a group of leading academics, are making the road steeper for President Barack Obama's trade deal. Under this system, a corporation invested in a foreign country can appeal to arbitration panels, consisting of three corporate lawyers, if that country enacts a law or regulation that violates a trade agreement or discriminates against the company. The ISDS courts can then award billions of dollars to the corporation to compensate it for the loss of expected future profits. The problem is that these courts can also be used by speculators, who buy up companies for the sole purpose of filing an ISDS claim, or who finance lawsuits from corporations for a piece of the claim award. "ISDS allows a small group of ultra-rich investors to extract billions of dollars from taxpayers while they undermine financial, environmental and public health rules across the world," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts). read more