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  • Petition calls for removal of 2nd-grade teacher after 'absolutely pathetic' comment on student's work goes viral

    The teacher reportedly wrote the comment "absolutely pathetic" in red ink above the assignment, which featured multiple math problems.

  • Mueller report shows 'fake news' repeatedly came from Trump, not the media

    If special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation makes one thing clear, it’s that many of the news reports that President Donald Trump branded as “fake news“ were, in fact, very real news indeed.While Mr Mueller’s report didn’t establish a criminal conspiracy and was “unable” to conclude that obstruction of justice occurred - contrary to hours of speculation among cable-news pundits during Mr Mueller’s long investigation - it also largely validated news accounts that Trump dismissed or disparaged.Instead, at least in the Mueller team’s analysis, the fake news seems to have flowed not from the media but from the other direction.His report, released Thursday, cites multiple instances in which Trump and White House aides misled or lied to journalists or in public statements as the investigation was unfolding.On the day of Mr Mueller’s appointment, in May 2017, for example, White House aides said Trump reacted calmly to the news.In fact, according to Mr Mueller’s report, Trump’s first reaction was anything but calm.According to notes taken by an aide, Trump responded by saying: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f***ed ... This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters repeatedly in May 2017 that she personally had heard from “countless members of the FBI” that they were “grateful and thankful” to Trump for firing FBI director James Comey.That never happened, Mr Mueller said. He wrote that Ms Sanders later acknowledged to investigators that her comments were “not founded on anything”.Trump also dictated a press statement saying that he had fired Mr Comey based on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.But Mr Mueller found that Trump had already decided to fire James Comey before Gen Rosenstein had weighed in.Mr Trump backed down and later publicly acknowledged he intended to fire Mr Comey regardless of Gen Rosenstein’s memo after unnamed Justice Department officials “made clear to him” that they would “resist” the bogus justification, Mr Mueller said.Incoming White House aides also lied about press accounts they knew were accurate.Former national security adviser Michael Flynn directed an aide, KT McFarland, to call Washington Post columnist David Ignatius during the presidential transition in January 2017 and deny Mr Ignatius’ reporting about Mr Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.Ms McFarland “knew she was providing false information” when she called Mr Ignatius to dispute his surmise that Mr Flynn had discussed removing sanctions on Russia with Sergey Kislyak. (Prompted by Ms McFarland’s call, The Post updated the column to note that a “Trump official” denied that Mr Flynn discussed sanctions.)Mr Trump and his aides also knocked down an accurate New York Times story in May 2017 reporting that the president had asked Mr Comey for loyalty during a private dinner several months before his firing.Mr Trump even lied about who invited whom to dinner:He told NBC News anchor Lester Holt in an interview that month Mr Comey had asked for it because “he wanted to stay on”. Mr Mueller found evidence that the president extended the invitation to Mr Comey on 27 January.On the eve of Mr Comey’s testimony to Congress that May, Mr Trump sought to raise questions about his credibility, when - as Mr Mueller found - it was Trump’s credibility that was questionable.At the time, Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversation before he starts leaking to the press!”Mr Comey’s contemporaneous accounts of his meeting with Mr Trump and corroboration from his FBI colleagues also show that another New York Times story, branded as “fake news” by the president, was true.The Times reported that Trump had asked Mr Comey to end the investigation of Mr Flynn; Mr Mueller found “substantial evidence” that this was true, despite Mr Trump publicly saying otherwise.Mr Trump also tried to persuade then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn to deny stories in The Washington Post and the Times in early 2018 that Trump had asked Mr McGahn to fire Mr Mueller about seven months earlier.Mr McGahn refused repeatedly to undercut the stories because he knew they were “accurate in reporting on the President’s effort to have the Special Counsel removed”.Mr Mueller noted that Trump “challenged” his lawyer for taking notes of their conversation.“Why do you take notes?” he asked Mr McGahn, according to the report. “Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.”Mr McGahn said he kept notes because he is a “real lawyer” and to establish a record.Mr Trump replied, “I’ve had a lot of great lawyers, like Roy Cohn. He did not take notes.’’Mr Cohn, who was chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy, during Mr McCarthy’s communist-hunting hearings in the 1950s, was disbarred by a New York court in 1986 because of “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation”.The Washington Post’ - additional reporting by Margaret Sullivan

  • How Much Do You Spend On Weed? 10 Women Share Their Marijuana Budget

    Just a few years ago, smoking weed required some tiptoeing around, the arranging of an illicit rendezvous with a dealer, and the tacit acceptance of the fact that you might end up with some highly disappointing herb.Although in many parts of the country (and world) marijuana consumption still requires some discretion due to legal restrictions, these days engaging with cannabis looks very different.Today, there are approximately 55 million recreational marijuana users in the U.S. - and the majority of them are millennials. Negative attitudes around marijuana are rapidly decreasing in many places, even as they stubbornly endure in others.Basically, we’re living in a weird time right now. On one hand, companies are increasingly profiting off of absurd (and arguably unnecessary) cannabis-centered marketing tactics - see Carl’s Jr.’s new CBD-infused burger - and on the other, archaic and discriminatory legal practices persist in places where cannabis is perceived as a threat to civil society.Regardless of legality, people across the country are smoking quite a bit of weed and using other cannabis derivatives - both psychoactive and not - for everything from pain management to increased concentration to plain old fun. And this growing demand has created more opportunities for people wanting to get a slice of the $80 billion cannabis industry. And this progress has also allowed women and women of color entrepreneurs to enter the space.Ahead, we chatted with ten anonymous individuals across the U.S. to get some details on how much money they set aside for cannabis products each month. We take a look at the legal status of marijuana in each of these states, as well as what types of weed products people are using, what they use them for, and how they feel about current shifting attitudes toward the cannabis plant.Age: 20Location: FloridaAnnual income: $6,000Monthly Weed Budget: $20Legal status: Legal for medical use, illegal for recreational useReason for use: Pain management, mental healthTypes of products: Flower, pens, cartridgesHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?"The stigmas can be harmful. They have led me to not be able to get jobs that require drug tests when I use marijuana for anxiety and to sleep.”Age: 28Location: New YorkAnnual income: $78,000Monthly Weed Budget: $10Reason for use: Pain managementTypes of products: Flower, CBDLegal status: Legal for medical use, illegal for recreational use, partially decriminalizedHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“I think it's stupid that a naturally occurring plant that has been used medicinally by so many civilizations throughout history is still stigmatized while alcohol, which has no redeeming value whatsoever, is glorified.”Age: 27Location: CaliforniaAnnual income: $45,000Monthly Weed Budget: $65Legal status: Fully legalReason for use: Mental health, pain managementTypes of products: Flower, ediblesHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“Weed should be prized more for its ability to destress and relieve pain. It’s a comment on our society that we stigmatize things that help us relax and detach coming home from work. I feel lucky to be in a state that allows it, because it helps with my anxiety and chronic pain and I just have to pop into the store whenever I need some. It’s cheaper than most drugs and not full of chemicals. It should be less taboo to find alternatives to Western medicine, so that the U.S. can start to relax and find more happiness within itself. If we were not flipping out over all this small stuff, we could focus on solving problems that actually affect all of us.”Age: 25Location: IllinoisAnnual income: $54,000Monthly Weed Budget: $30Legal status: Legal for medical use, illegal for recreational use, partially decriminalizedReason for use: Pain management, recreationTypes of products: Flower, edibles, cannabis oilHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“It's surprising that marijuana is more regulated than alcohol, given the number of deaths alcohol causes each year. As my generation and the one behind it come of voting age, I think we'll see marijuana become more and more decriminalized. Thirty years ago marijuana had the reputation that hard drugs like cocaine does now. But the recent research around marijuana and its benefits is hard to ignore. Over time, as more of this research is published, I think it'll become less stigmatized.”Age: 26Location: GeorgiaAnnual income: $54,000Monthly Weed Budget: $250Legal status: Illegal for medicinal and recreational useReason for use: Pain management, mental healthTypes of products: Flower, rolling papers, and filtersHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“Cannabis is widely misunderstood and given a bad rep. Medicinally, it does wonders for my migraines and PMS. Other times it helps with my work anxiety, stress, and sleep.”Age: 23Location: WashingtonAnnual income: $128,000Monthly Weed Budget: $40Legal status: Fully legalReason for use: Recreation, pain managementTypes of products: Flower, concentrates, and vape cartridgesHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“Stigmas are pretty much nonexistent here in Seattle, which is good, but it’s ridiculous that it exists elsewhere. It prevents sane legalization policies and people from understanding how to use in moderation and avoid abuse."Age: 24Location: OregonAnnual income: $30,000Monthly Weed Budget: $80Legal status: Fully legalReason for use: Mental healthTypes of products: CBD, edibles, and pre-rollsHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“Honestly, I think the stigma is really silly.”Age: 22Location: CaliforniaAnnual income: $60,000Monthly Weed Budget: $60Legal status: Fully legalReason for use: Pain management, health, recreationTypes of products: Flower, cartridges, tools, accessoriesHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“I don’t smoke or consume marijuana every single day, but I think the stigma around it is ridiculous. Especially when it results in racial bias in the criminal justice system, which leads to long prison sentences for minor nonviolent crimes such as possession.“I am aware that we don’t know everything there is to know about marijuana consumption, much like doctors and tobacco use in the 20th century, but the benefits of smoking weed - which, for me, include entertainment, anxiety relief, and occasional insomnia relief - outweigh the potential risks. This is a decision I make for myself.”Age: 30Location: ConnecticutAnnual income: $260,000Monthly Weed Budget: $125Legal status: Legal for medical use, partially decriminalizedReason for use: Mental healthTypes of products: Cannabis oil, vape penHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“Only close friends and family know that I use marijuana, but they are all understanding and supportive. I feel that there is far more acceptance now than there used to be.”Age: 23Location: ColoradoAnnual income: $36,000Monthly Weed Budget: $60Legal status: Fully legalReason for use: RecreationTypes of products: Flower, joints, edibles, waxHow do you feel about current attitudes or stigmas around marijuana?“I’m originally from a different state, and every time I go visit, I find comments made about ‘all the weed I must smoke’ extremely annoying. I smoked just as much lesser quality, illegally purchased weed in that state. I think this stigma will wear itself out, but it's definitely tiresome. I'm a hard-working, dean's list college graduate and published writer with two jobs. I'm not a burnout stoner wearing tie-dye all day eating Cheetos on my couch.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Week In Marina Del Rey, CA, On A $75,000 SalaryA Week In Vermont On A $38,000 SalaryThis Is How Much The Kardashians Make On Instagram Ads - According To Kris Jenner