Marijuana’s Banking Troubles, Alabama’s Marriage Crisis and the Racial Context of Southern Church Fires

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July 13, 2015

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The Military Exercise That Drove Texas Insane Is Finally Here

The Gist: The multi-state “Jade Helm 15” military training exercise, which spawned a thousand conspiracy theories, begins this week.

Why The Media Refuse To Connect Those Church Fires With Race

The Gist: Despite the historical use of church fires to intimidate African Americans, the mainstream media has declined to seek a racial context for a recent rash of fires at black churches across the South.

Trump Digs In: Media Is 'Dishonest' About My Illegal Immigration Remarks

The Gist:  At a press conference with people who said undocumented immigrants had killed their family members, the GOP candidate insisted his comments about Mexican immigrants' criminality were accurate.

From The Reporter's Notebook

Salon’s staff has voted to unionize and is now leaning on the AFL-CIO for assistance, according to TPM’s Brendan James. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sent Salon CEO Cindy Jeffers a letter urging her to voluntarily recognize the Writers Guild of America, East.

Agree or Disagree?

"For white people, the violent experience of black oppression is also the history of our privilege, and we must start to acknowledge it as such." – Carolyn J. Davis

Say What?!

"Thanks to Donald Trump, the Republican mascot is also an ass."

– David Letterman expressed regret about retiring upon learning that Donald Trump was running for president, then proceeded to lambast him.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "Under current law, banks cannot allow stores selling marijuana to process credit cards nor allow those merchants to deposit their money in a bank. This has the effect of suppressing sales and forcing marijuana stores to keep large amounts of cash on hand. The merchants are also prevented from opening checking accounts which makes paying bills difficult. Getting the banking part of this right is the first step in rationalizing marijuana sales so those merchants are put on the same footing as every other store owner. That's why it's two senators from CO. I'm betting you'll see senators from the other states it's now legal to sell marijuana, or about to become legal, quickly signing on to this."

Related: Indoor marijuana cultivation is responsible for producing equivalent carbon emissions to three million American cars. 

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What We're Reading

"There’s no law-breaking discrimination if nobody is allowed to get married at all." (The Guardian)

How close is "close?" Iran and the West inch towards a nuclear agreement. (NPR)

Adult coloring books are enjoying a surge of popularity. (The New Yorker)

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