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Live Briefing: Las Vegas Shooting: Investigators Seek Gunman’s Motive

A federal law enforcement official earlier said two rifles were outfitted with scopes and set up on tripods in front of two big windows. Another official said that among the weapons were AR-15-style assault rifles. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the investigation.Sheriff Lombardo said that Mr. Paddock brought at least 10 suitcases into his hotel room over a period of time.The sheriff said that Mr. Paddock fired through his hotel room door at security guards, striking one in the leg. […]

Feature: When ‘Not Guilty’ Is a Life Sentence

It wasn’t until he was inside that any of us realized, from the mounting anxiety in his phone calls, the rules and restrictions that governed the possibility of his getting out. Houston has now been in the hospital for four years. In 2015, I visited him there for the first time. After passing through a prison fence and four locked doors, I sat with him in an all-beige room […]

In the battle for social domination of the roads, Oregon imposes a bike tax

Because cyclists should pay their fair share, right? […]

Abortion Adds Obstacle as Republicans Plan to Unveil Health Bill

The changes being considered in Congress could “amount to a 25 percent shortfall in covering the actual cost of providing care to our nation’s neediest citizens,” the top executives of 10 insurance companies wrote this week. “These amounts spell deep cuts, not state flexibilities, in Medicaid.”Continue reading the main storyAs senators struggle to develop a health care bill, their handiwork appears to be too moderate for some Senate conservatives and too conservative for some Senate moderates. The latest version, without the abortion-coverage prohibition and with steep Medicaid cuts, may prove unacceptable to some in both camps. To pass it, Senate leaders can afford to lose only two Republican votes of the 52 in the chamber.Republican senators got a glimpse Wednesday of the highlights of the bill, which was drafted in secret by the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and top aides. White House officials were granted a formal briefing, which risked irking many senators who had yet to see the actual bill.The House abortion provision has sweeping implications because many health plans subsidized under the Affordable Care Act include coverage for abortion services. The provision has encountered outspoken opposition from officials in states like Oregon, where most health plans on the public insurance exchange cover abortion.But senators said the provision might have to be dropped for a more prosaic reason: It may not comply with the Senate rules that Republicans are using to speed the health care bill through the Senate.The bill is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week under these procedures, which limit debate and preclude a Democratic filibuster.“It’s one of the problems we have to work with,” Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah and the chairman of the Finance Committee, said of the abortion issue. “We’re not quite sure how that’s going to be resolved.”Mr. McConnell is determined to get a vote on the bill by the end of next week, before a break for the Fourth of July holiday, but he still does not have enough committed votes to ensure passage.Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, made clear on Wednesday that he was not on board with the Republican bill.Continue reading the main story“I’m still hoping we reach impasse, and we actually go back to the idea we originally started with, which is repealing Obamacare,” Mr […]

Week 5 of Cannabis Season in Oregon

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Week 5 of Cannabis Season in Oregon

RedHat Ralph’s Weeks 3 and 4 of Oregon Cannabis Events

My posts of Week 1 and Week 2 were so full of activity, I didn’t think they could be topped until Weeks 3 and 4 came around! Cannabis Season – Week 3 This week includes Dope Cup 2017, another wander to Frankie’s place, and visits to some of my favorite downtown Portland dispensaries. Here is The post RedHat Ralph’s Weeks 3 and 4 of Oregon Cannabis Events appeared first on The Weed Blog. […]

Oregon Growers Receive Canopy Bump for Medical Marijuana

Since the transition from a medical marijuana to a recreational/adult-use marijuana laws in the state of Oregon, this has be a highly contested topic between activists, industry professionals, and State policy makers. We received this news from the governing authority of the recreational/adult-use marijuana program (the OLCC) just yesterday, and it goes into effect on The post Oregon Growers Receive Canopy Bump for Medical Marijuana appeared first on The Weed Blog. […]