A Missouri grandfather who was serving life in prison without parole for nonviolent marijuana offenses has finally been set free.

Jen Hobbs In early August, we reported on Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who was serving 21 years for a non-violent marijuana bust.  Governor Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, and yesterday, he was officially freed from prison. In a nutshell, here’s what transpired, as reported by RawStory: Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested in 1993 for

The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data — and they’re putting those dollars to good use.

Jen Hobbs How long does it take a state to collect more than $117 million in tax revenue from a single industry? About a year and a half. The Huffington Post reports that Colorado currently has collected that much from the recreational and medical marijuana markets. Trailing close behind is the State of Washington. Washington

Pope Francis is really shaking up the status quo within the Catholic world: he says priests around the world can now forgive the “sin of abortion.” Amen.

Off The Grid “The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented,” Pope Francis said.  He reportedly knows women who have been traumatized by the experience. The Pope’s blessing on the issue means that priests around the globe can absolve Catholics who, “with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for” having an abortion.   Related

This morning, John McAfee, best known for founding the anti-virus software firm McAfee Security (to which is he no longer affiliated), filed paperwork (PDF) with the Federal Election Commission announcing his intent to run for the office of President of the United States. Here’s 15 things you probably didn’t know about him.

Jen Hobbs So what’s John McAfee running on…and why is he running? Wired  reports: “Like Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard professor who is running for president to push an agenda for campaign finance reform, McAfee seems far more concerned with having his voice heard on one particular issue than with taking a seat in the Oval Office.” In

If Fox News is allowed to write clickbait headlines with no substance, then I can too. When anyone doubts our journalistic credibility, we’ll refer to ourselves as merely entertainment! Just ignore that little word “News” in their title. But I digress…

Alex Logan If Fox News is allowed to write clickbait headlines with no substance, then I can too. When anyone doubts our journalistic credibility, we’ll refer to ourselves as merely entertainment! Just ignore that little word “News” in their title. But I digress… When learning about a religion, you typically have to LEARN. ABOUT. IT.

NY Mayor Bill De Blasio and police commissioner Bill Bratton apologize to James Blake after he was allegedly slammed to the ground and arrested in a mixed-up suspect search.

Kanika Lal New York Mayor Bill De Blasio and New York City’s Police Commissioner Bill Bratton have reached out to apologize to former tennis pro James Blake after officers mistook him for a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme. Related Story President Obama Extends Paid Sick Leave in Honor of Labor Day Blake, who

Under the new executive order, The White House will grant 300,000 employees under federal contracts up to seven paid sick days per year.

Kanika Lal President Obama issues a new executive order. The president signed the order on Labor Day requiring federal contractors to grant employees with paid sick leave. 300,000 employees who do not currently receive such benefits now have the right to seven paid sick days per year. Workers will earn one hour of leave for

The Daily Beast has exclusively learned over 50 analysts have filed a formal complaint stating reports have been altered to show war on ISIS is more successful than it actually is.

Kanika Lal Over 50 intelligence analysts have made serious claims against U.S. senior intelligence officials. Related Story President Obama Extends Paid Sick Leave in Honor of Labor Day The Daily Beast has learned the U.S. Central Command analysts have made formal complaints, stating that their reports have been altered to show the war on ISIS is

Judge Wiley who initially sentenced Anderson with sex offender charges finally bows out of the case that drew national attention.

Jen Hobbs Last month, we reported on 19-year-old Zach Anderson’s strange circumstances: being put on the sex offender list after a first date. He had sex with a girl he thought was 17 (she lied, and was actually 14) who he met through a dating app. The law became involved when the girl’s mother reported her missing.  The girl

“A French court upheld a 2012 ruling in which Monsanto was found guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, who says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling the U.S. company’s Lasso weedkiller,” Reuters reports.

Jen Hobbs Paul Francois, French grain grower, suffered neurological problems after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller. He says he suffered “memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso in 2004” and he blames Monsanto for not providing adequate warnings on the product label. In 2012, Francois sued Monsanto and won. The company appealed the case, and today the initial decision