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Marijuana reform is finally a priority on Capitol Hill, where leading Democrats are backing bills that would decriminalize the plant at the federal level. Polls show voters support marijuana reform and increasingly oppose prison time for drug-related offenses, and now that President Trump and Jeff Sessions have revived the war on drugs, Democrats are using weed as wedge issue. 

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 18, 2018. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

Just how bad are things with Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestioning support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with Truthout.

Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been told that the state that poisoned their drinking water will no longer provide them free bottled water. Meanwhile, Michigan approved a permit letting the Nestlé Corporation pump more fresh water out of the Great Lakes Basin to sell. 

Given the US culpability for the deaths of tens of thousands of people by Iraqi chemical weapons barely 30 years ago, even many of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's fiercest opponents have to question US motivations for bombing Syria earlier this month.

Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.

Canary in the Coal Pond

By Talia Buford, ProPublica | Report

New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would weaken requirements for polluting power plants.

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Marijuana reform is finally a priority on Capitol Hill, where leading Democrats are backing bills that would decriminalize the plant at the federal level. Polls show voters support marijuana reform and increasingly oppose prison time for drug-related offenses, and now that President Trump and Jeff Sessions have revived the war on drugs, Democrats are using weed as wedge issue. 

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on April 18, 2018. (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)President Donald Trump speaks during a joint presser with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on April 18, 2018. (Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

Just how bad are things with Trump in the White House? And what does having a racist, misogynist, xenophobic and erratic president who continues to enjoy unquestioning support from his base tell us about the state of US politics and the dangers to the future of democracy in the US and in the world? Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on these and other related questions in an exclusive interview with Truthout.

Residents of Flint, Michigan, have been told that the state that poisoned their drinking water will no longer provide them free bottled water. Meanwhile, Michigan approved a permit letting the Nestlé Corporation pump more fresh water out of the Great Lakes Basin to sell. 

Given the US culpability for the deaths of tens of thousands of people by Iraqi chemical weapons barely 30 years ago, even many of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's fiercest opponents have to question US motivations for bombing Syria earlier this month.

Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)Cynthia Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, actress, progressive advocate and candidate running for governor, presented her Climate Justice Agenda on April 20, 2018, at the YMCA in the Rockaways. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Left-wing candidates are running on platforms of universal health care, racial and economic justice, and opposition to Trump. The result is an unprecedented level of enthusiasm among progressives in the run-up to the 2018 election.

Canary in the Coal Pond

By Talia Buford, ProPublica | Report

New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would weaken requirements for polluting power plants.