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Weekend Reads 6/30/18

We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners

The civility police might point out that many conservatives hated Obama just as much, but that only demonstrates the limits of content-neutral analysis. The right’s revulsion against a black president targeted by birther conspiracy theories is not the same as the left’s revulsion against a racist president who spread birther conspiracy theories.

The Capital Gazette Won’t Stop Reporting

By all accounts, the Capital Gazette is a beloved local newspaper that has managed to hang on as the news industry has contracted across the country. The paper claims history dating decades before the founding of the American republic, and was owned for years by Philip Merrill, the former diplomat who served in Republican presidential administrations. In 2014, it was sold to the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Along with hard news, opinion columns, and editorials, the paper covers “small-town stuff,” Marquardt told me: soap-box derbies, high-school honors, neighborhood cooking demonstrations.

Marijuana drug wins FDA approval—a first that may change federal regulations

The FDA noted in its announcement today that it informs and advises the DEA about scheduled substances. In April, an expert advisory panel for the FDA voted unanimously to recommend Epidiolex’s approval and determined that “CBD has a negligible abuse potential.”

Democrats Are Wrong About Republicans. Republicans Are Wrong About Democrats.

And which party people belong to is important because there is some evidence that instead of people choosing their party affiliation based on their political views (and changing parties if their views are no longer represented by that party), they shift their views to align with their party identity.

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