Lawyer linking NRA and Russia helped lead Marsha Blackburn campaigns, documents show

When G. Kline Preston IV first introduced National Rifle Association (NRA) leadership to Russian officials in 2011, he’d been close to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) for years. Both Preston and Blackburn have a long history in and around Brentwood, the tony Nashville suburb. And as…

Canada poised to legalize marijuana by the end of the week

Canada is set to become the first G20 country to legalize marijuana in a piece of sweeping legislation that could see weed legal by the weekend. During the 2015 election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party promised to introduce a vote on legalization. Now, after years of…

Bermuda’s repeal of marriage equality lasted less than a week

This year, Bermuda became the first country in the world to undo marriage equality for same-sex couples and that repeal took effect June 1. It lasted less than a week, however, before the country’s Supreme Court ruled against the repeal, upholding the right of same-sex…

Trump’s Ramadan dinner is an attempt to distract us from his record of Islamophobia

The Trump administration plans to hold its first iftar dinner at the White House on Wednesday, a surprising break from the president’s decision not to hold one last year. But in continuing the decades-long annual White House tradition commemorating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan,…

As Saudi women get the right to drive, activists who fought for that right remain jailed

As the first women finally get the right to drive in Saudi Arabia this week — the only country in the world that continued to ban women from driving — several activists behind the campaign to fight for that right remain behind bars. Among the…

Melania Trump’s ‘disappearance’ and the appeal of fantasy in the Trump era

Melania Trump is dead — at least according to Twitter. The First Lady hasn’t been seen in public for 22 days now. Last month, she had a procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center “to treat a benign kidney condition,” and hasn’t made a…

First application to drill in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge fails to look at wildlife impacts

The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a scathing response to the first permit application to begin seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), submitted by two Alaska Native corporations and a small oil services firm. The seismic work application is the…