Good morning friends! I’ll get straight to the news and start with Emma Vigeland of TYT Politics speaking with Tulsi Gabbard about her recent trip to Syria where she met with both civilians and President Bashar al Assad:
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Good morning friends! Apologies for missing out on the big speakers of the night, Time-Warner apparently did not want me to be with you all (or to do much rounding up of news this morning). I’ll try and add more as the day goes on!
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TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton (@JordanChariton) spoke with Jeff Cohen, founding Director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College at The People’s Summit on June 18th, 2016.
Cohen, a former analyst for Fox News Channel who was removed for not toeing the conservative line, spoke to Chariton about the media malpractice that gave rise to Donald Trump–and hurt Senator Bernie Sanders.
Shailene Woodley and Kendrick Sampson are involved with a group called Caravan. They travel around to various communities having conversations to bring attention to major issues. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Shailene Woodley, and Kendrick Sampson, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a high-profile supporter of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, has been caught on video with $70,000 in drug money. The footage, provided exclusively to The Huffington Post, also captures Rep. Earl Blumenauer, another Oregon Democrat, as well as a prominent local businessman, Tyson Haworth.
The video, however, was not a sting operation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration or FBI. Instead, it’s an effort to highlight a gaping and dangerous hole in national cannabis policy, if such a thing even exists.
Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it is deemed to be highly dangerous with zero medical benefit. Even in states that have legalized cannabis, such as Oregon, possessing it remains a federal crime, as is possessing any revenue derived from dealings related to it.
That puts businesspeople like Haworth, an owner of Oregon’s Finest and sofresh farms, in tricky territory on a number of fronts. The most glaring danger, highlighted by the video, is that $70,000 in cash sitting on the table in front of Merkley, Haworth and Blumenauer. It’s money that Haworth owes in local taxes, but he can’t cut a check, because banks can’t legally work with drug dealers. Banks tend to take that law seriously when rejecting mom-and-pop pot shops, but somehow manage to look the other way for Mexican drug cartels that funnel billions through those same banks.