Two More Arrested in Stuebenville Rape Case: Prosecutors are accusing two teenage girls of saying something threatening about the rapistsvictim on social media. "If anyone makes a threat verbally or via the internet," says the the Ohio attorney general, "we will take it seriously, we will find you, and we will arrest you."
Mayor Bloomberg's Next War: After losing his law to ban oversize sugar-laden drinks, the New York City mayor is proposing two bills to curb smoking: (1) bundle the mini cigars used for making blunts, thereby raising prices; and (2) require retailers to hide cigarettes where customers can't see them (NYT link).
Washington State Appoints New Pot Czar: Mark Kleiman will oversee legalization. But REALLY!?!! He wrote in 2010 that legalization "can't be done" and now he's all gung ho for it. Read the editorial from the about-faced fellow:
There's one problem with legalizing, taxing and regulating cannabis at the state level: It can't be done. The federal Controlled Substances Act makes it a felony to grow or sell cannabis. California can repeal its own marijuana laws, leaving enforcement to the feds. But it can't legalize a federal felony.
What He Wrote: "Are GOP leaders secretly hoping that the Supreme Court, after it hears arguments on marriage equality next week, rules in favor of equality?" asks Michelangelo Signorile. "The GOP's only hope, it seems, is for the Supreme Court to take the issue off the table entirely."
Elizabeth Warren, Why'd You Have to Be an Idiot? She mocked a lawmaker for supporting the legalization of marijuana. (Private to Sen. Warren: Your state voted to decriminalize marijuana.)
Peter Steinbrueck Is Not a NIMBY: Or that's the case he makes on Seattle Transit Blog this morning. But here's the thing about these arguments and the people who make them: These folks rarely—if ever—say what they would support in terms of increasing density and expanding rail-based transit. Declaring yourself "not anti-density" or "not anti-transit" is a cop out.
If You Watch This Entire Video: "Your dormant DNA will be reactivated":