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Democracy In Crisis: Stoned Reflections from the Opposition Party

I am stoned at CPAC. I am in hell.

Here’s how it happened:

Shortly after Steve Bannon laid out his vision of nationalism and the deconstruction of government on the first day of CPAC, I was writing a story over a beer at the National Press Club.

On the television was Sean Spicer who said the regime would likely start enforcing federal anti-pot laws in states that had voted for recreational marijuana.

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Democracy in Crisis: Bannon brings nationalist deconstruction to CPAC

Steve Bannon, the schlubby alt-right White House advisor who wants to destroy the state, was the clear star of the first day of the conservative circle jerk that is CPAC.

Bannon shared the stage with Reince Priebus, former head of the Republican National Committee and Trump's chief of staff, but nobody really cared what Priebus said.

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Democracy in Crisis Episode 4: Sohail Daulatzai on Fifty Years of the "Battle of Algiers"
Democracy in Crisis Episode 3: Immigration Crackdown Special--Aura Bogado & City of Immigrants
High court strips Club Harem’s defense

Baltimore bar owners are strictly liable for all the illegal behavior of anyone they employ, whether they knew about it ahead of time or not. 

So ruled the Maryland Court of Appeals on Feb. 17, overruling lower courts in a 2014 case from The Block’s Club Harem. 

Back then, an undercover vice cop paid a visit.

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Anonymous Sources, Pharmacy Pills, and Gang Wars: Inconsistencies raise questions about "Pill City," a Baltimore tale of drugs and murder

As fires raged all over the city on April 27, 2015, two smart Baltimore teens engineered a $100 million drug heist that catapulted them to the top of the city’s gang hierarchy—and led to hundreds of deaths in Baltimore and around the country.

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