Pot stocks soar as Sessions resigns — but will his replacement relax laws?

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed stricter guidelines on marijuana policy during his tenure. It's still unclear where his replacement, Matthew Whitaker, stands on the issue.

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  • Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday. In the following hours, stocks of marijuana companies soared.
  • The interim attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, has expressed support for a law that legalizes a non-psychoactive form of cannabis, though it's unclear where he stands on medicinal or recreational legalization of other forms of the drug.
  • Six out of 10 Americans support legalization — up from 3 out 10 in 2000.
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Fox News to stop airing Trump's controversial immigration ad

Fox News, NBC, Facebook and CNN have all stopped airing the commercial, which some critics have labelled as inflammatory and racist.

  • The 30-second ad shows Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who killed two policemen, and footage of the migrant caravan.
  • Critics say the ad is racially charged and is meant to conjure fear before the midterm elections.
  • Fox News, typically the most pro-Trump news channel, took some by surprise when it announced it would no longer air the commercial.
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CNN's Don Lemon: White men are 'biggest terror threat' to U.S.

The CNN anchor made the remarks during a live broadcast on Monday night.

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  • Lemon was having a conversation about a recent shooting, which appeared to be racially motivated, when he made the remark.
  • He's been criticized by many conservatives on Twitter, some of whom say his comments are hypocritical.
  • Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian also addressed a similar topic this week in an interview with Quartz.
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Innocent on death row: How I survived 18 years

Meditation with a mystical edge? Don't knock magick 'til you've tried it.

  • Damien Echols was a member of the West Memphis Three, a group of young men who were wrongfully convicted of murdering three children. He served nearly 20 years on death row before being exonerated and released.
  • Some have described his plight as exploitative, in that the case became a media circus first and a murder case second.
  • While in prison, he practiced High Magick, a form of theurgical ceremonies and rituals, much in the tradition of Eastern spirituality, but retooled for the Western psyche. He credits it with helping him survive 18 years on death row.
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Man arrested in connection with attempted bombings

The suspect is reportedly a 56-year-old man with a criminal history who was driving a white van covered in pro-Trump stickers and other right-leaning decals.

  • The arrest occurred in South Florida after officials reportedly tracked the suspect's cell phone.
  • On Friday, suspected explosives were discovered at addresses associated with Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
  • The Justice Department is scheduled to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. E.T.
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