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‘Is this stuff legal?’ Clashing views on pot between federal and state governments creates cloudy situation

PORTLAND, Ore. — The simplest question among pot smokers — is this stuff legal? — doesn’t have a crystal-clear answer anywhere in America. In many places it is now simultaneously legal and illegal, the same way physicists will tell you (shifting here to a 3 a.m. dorm-room discussion) that light is both a particle and a wave. Eight states have legalized recreational marijuana for people age 21 and older, with California joining that group Jan. 1. Other states allow the cultivation and distribution of pot for medicinal use, and many have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana possession. But under the federal Controlled Substances Act, it’s the same weed it’s always been, a “Schedule 1” drug that is illegal to possess, much less grow or distribute. And the situation just became a whole lot f...

Trump’s tweets rattle the globe, but aides say North Korea policy is carefully calibrated

President Trump’s taunting tweet this week raising the specter of nuclear war with North Korea sparked fresh concerns in the Pentagon, at the State Department and even in the White House about whether a carefully calibrated strategy to compel the rogue state into negotiations can survive the impulses of both countries’ leaders. The presidential pronouncement, as most of his tweets do, caught West Wing aides by surprise, as well as allies in Asia, who wondered whether it was merely an unscripted musing or a sign of a growing rift between the United States and South Korea. U.S. policymakers had assured their counterparts in Seoul that they would tamp down bellicose rhetoric in the run-up to next month’s Winter Olympics, hosted by South Korea in PyeongChang. Was the United States suddenly shi...

Logan Paul Finally Surfaces, Sweating After Posting Dead Body Video

Logan Paul On the Run … 1/5/2018 2:48 PM PST EXCLUSIVE Logan Paul‘s a man on the run, and not only from controversy. The shamed YouTube star was out jogging Friday in L.A. — the first time he’s been seen in public since posting the controversial video of a dead body in Japan’s Suicide Forest.  Logan was decked out in his Maverick clothing line, but even THAT’S gotten him in trouble. As we reported, another company, Maverick Apparel is threatening to sue him, claiming he’s damaging its good name with his tasteless video stunts. You can run, but … y’know.

Paz de la Huerta Psychotherapist Records Trigger Lawsuit

Paz de la Huerta Psychotherapist Records Trigger Lawsuit 1/5/2018 3:17 PM PST EXCLUSIVE The law firm Paz de la Huerta fired in the Harvey Weinstein case is now going after another lawyer who allegedly tried to steal the Weinstein case and compromise de la Huerta’s rights by attempting to get copies of her psychotherapist records under false pretenses. Tensor Law claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, a lawyer named Michael Rubin contacted Paz shortly after her allegations against Weinstein became public. He allegedly said he was a victims’ rights attorney who could help her more than anyone, but one thing he needed was her medical records. The suit claims Rubin browbeat de la Huerta to fire Tensor Law, which she did. The suit says de la Huerta did not give Rubin the records,...

Famed Drag Queen Courtney Act Loses Skirt on Live TV

Drag Queen Courtney Act Mothertucker!!! Loses Skirt on Live TV 1/5/2018 3:31 PM PST Breaking News UK Celebrity Big Brother fans got an eyeful of famed drag queen Courtney Act Friday night on live TV … as her skirt suddenly tore away during her big entrance. The show’s debut — always a huge event on English TV — was airing on BBC when Court strolled down a grand staircase, and then shockingly lost it all. With no underwear for safety, the broadcast cut away to a super-wide overhead camera angle … while Courtney scrambled for the skirt. Courtney Act suffers EPIC wardrobe failure as she flashes audience after tripping on her skirt while entering #CBB. pic.twitter.com/RgutlvACqn — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) January 5, 2018 Courtney, whose real name is Shane Jenek, pick...

Troye Sivan Reveals Release Date of New Single on Times Square Billboard

2018 has already given music lovers some great new tunes—think Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” or Bruno Mars and Cardi B‘s collab for “Finesse (Remix).” Another artist who is ready to drop a new year hit is none other than Troye Sivan. The 22-year-old singer has been posting a series of social media posts hinting at a new song. On Friday (Jan. 5), he shared a Spotify billboard in Times Square with Sivan’s face and the words “6 days.” He captioned the photo, “y’all ready or what.” Fans were seemingly more than ready, flooding the comments with words of excitement and happy face emojis. Just one day earlier, he shared a cryptic blank video with the word “my” flickering on the screen, implying a potential track title. His friend Alessia Cara showed her fellow singer some support, commentin...

Travis Scott & Saint Laurent Team Up to Curate Apple Music Playlist

Travis Scott joined forces with luxury designer Saint Laurent to craft a limited-edition vinyl, which was sold at Parisian boutique Colette, in December. Cactus Jack even flew out to the Paris store to celebrate its release and sign vinyls for lucky fans in attendance. The 12 tracks were carefully curated to create a masterpiece of a playlist featuring music from Travis Scott himself, to Kanye West, Young Thug, Cardi B, Frank Ocean and others.  The vinyl’s cover art was precisely designed by Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello and the 500 available quickly sold out. On Friday (Jan. 5), Apple Music is giving fans the chance to experience La Flame and Vaccarello’s co-curation skills. The playlist is now featured exclusively on Vogue‘s channel with App...

House Aims to Pass Revised Surveillance Bill as Deadline Looms

By Billy House January 5, 2018, 7:25 PM EST House leaders intend to take another stab next week at advancing a long-term extension of a program for conducting foreign surveillance that is about to expire, but there are opponents on both sides of the aisle. A key issue has been demands by some lawmakers for more stringent limits on when officials can access Americans’ communications incidentally caught in the foreign surveillance. The Trump administration and the intelligence community want to preserve the program as is. Republicans on Friday released a revamped measure to make changes to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, or FISA. The program allows the National Security Agency to intercept calls or emails from suspected foreign terrorists outside the U.S....

Kelela, 6LACK & More React to Performing at Coachella for the First Time

Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd are all set to headline this year’s Coachella, but there are plenty of other names on the bill. There are quite a few first-timers on the lineup too, including Slim Shady himself. Many of the Coachella rookies took to Twitter to celebrate their first time at the fest. Check out their reactions below: I WENT TO COACHELLA LAST YEAR AS A FAN! THIS CRAZY. CATCH ME SUNDAY!!!! pic.twitter.com/IzdcmZEaiM — Aminé (@heyamine) January 3, 2018 This is gunna be my first time attending Coachella letsgoo — Daniel Caesar (@DanielCaesar) January 3, 2018 Coachella. Friday. Dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/e1hYRcivVi — Moses Sumney (@MosesSumney) January 3, 2018 MY FIRST COACHELLA PERFORMANCE– SEE U– pic.twitter.com/Wztwft7NuU — kali uchis⛈—- (@KALIUC...

Trump asks for $33B for border; $18B for wall

© Tal Kopan/CNN The Trump administration has revealed its master plan for securing the border — and it’s going to cost $33 billion. Of that total, $18 billion will be required for President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall, according to Customs and Border Protection documents obtained by CNN that were sent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The remaining $15 billion would cover technology, personnel and readiness, the document says. Titled “Critical CBP Requirements to Improve Border Security,” the document says CBP has identified what a 2,026-mile border wall system would entail –comprising about 864 miles of new wall and about 1,163 miles of replacement or secondary wall — even as administration officials and their allies insist they are not p...

FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for months

© Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images FILE: The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, DC. The FBI has been discreetly investigating the Clinton Foundation for months, reviving a probe that was dialed back during the 2016 election amid tensions between Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents about the politically charged case, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation is being run out of the FBI’s field office in Little Rock, where the foundation has offices in the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the people said. Agents are trying to determine if any donations made to the foundation were linked to official acts when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, these people said. Subscribe to the Post Most...

Trump cools to idea of taking on welfare programs

© Jabin Botsford/Washington, D.C. President Trump on Friday walks from the Oval Office as he leaves en route to Camp David to participate in congressional Republican leadership retreat. President Trump has begun telling advisers that it will likely be impossible to advance legislation this year to reduce welfare spending and enrollment — a priority he previously embraced with the backing of Speaker Paul D. Ryan and a number of conservative activists.  In conversations with aides and outside advisers in recent days, Trump has said his supporters would embrace the idea — but that it remains unlikely because the votes will not be there in Congress and it would be a difficult undertaking in an election year. Some Republicans want to reduce health-care, housing and food-stamp spending by making...