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On the May 27th edition of Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week we’ll discuss coverage of President Obama’s visits to Vietnam and Japan.

Your Call: President Obama's foreign policy legacy

Jan 13, 2016

On the January 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about President Obama’s final State of the Union address by focusing on his foreign policy.

On September 4th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week. President Obama became the first US president to visit the Arctic to draw attention to the impacts of climate change.

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Biggest Roundup EVER: Legalization & Legislation… Cops & Courts… Business, Health and more…. LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION “Sweeping marijuana bill” introduced in CA Senate // PressDemocrat.com “There are so many regulations governing agriculture in this state but one of our top crops has been left out and that’s marijuana,” says North Coast Senator Mike McGuire. Senate Bill 643 joins a growing number of marijuana-related bills in the State Assembly. Budtenders, trimmers, could...

DEA head in hot water over sex parties… Marijuana still a Schedule 1 drug… Are eastern Europeans backing dispensaries?... Happy 4/20! … and more. COPS & COURTS Judge denies reclassification of marijuana // SFGate.com U.S. District judge says she was inclined to remove the Schedule 1 classification (the most dangerous) but says that decision belongs to Congress. BUSINESS Ukrainian drug bosses behind dispensaries? // SFWeekly.com “The California Medical Board has taken the unprecedented...

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Legalization from coast to coast, and beyond… Price collapse worries Colorado dispensaries… Health… Opinion… and more. LEGALIZATION Cannabis now legal in Alaska // JuneauEmpire.com “One can now carry up to an ounce in public — consumption in public is still illegal — and one can give another person without remuneration up to one ounce or up to six plants with three flowering.” Recreational use becomes law in nation’s capitol // WashingtonPost.com You can smoke it, but you can’t buy it. That’s...

Note: Will Durst is a comedian and you may find some of his material offensive, or worse, not funny. His views do not necessarily reflect those of KALW. Hey guys, Will Durst with a few choice word about President Obama plugging the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis's internet comedy show. Not late night, not basic cable, an internet show. Looks like the Chief Executive is working his way down the marketing food chain. Won't be long before he's wearing a giant syringe costume twirling a...

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have conversation with Bruce Ackerman, a prominent constitutional scholar and the author of “We the People: the Civil Rights Revolution.” He says President Obama has forgotten the Constitution in formulating his policy on the NSA and that this is a good time to consider serious reform. So how does president Obama differ from his processors? And based on the US constitution, what powers does the president hold? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar. Guest: Bruce...

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Obama gets pro & con letters on his cannabis statements… This is Ganja Yoga… Why dabbing is so popular… and more. LEGALIZATION 18 members of Congress ask President to reclassify marijuana // Congressman Earl Blumenauer And the CA Narcotics Officers’ Assn. asks the President to rescind his recent comments to The New Yorker magazine // CA Narcotics Officers’ Assn. Our neighbor to the east prepares for medical legalization // Las Vegas Review-Journal HEALTH “Ganja yoga” instructors tout...

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Obama: pot less harmful than alcohol… Drug arrests down 30% in San Francisco… Farm Bureau endorses reclassification of industrial hemp... A petition and a survey… and more. LEGALIZATION President Obama says cannabis is “less harmful than alcohol,” but legalization “is going to be a challenge” in Colorado and Washington // USA Today Here’s that New Yorker interview where the President makes his statement. // The New Yorker It’s in “IV-The Welcome Table,” just before “V-The Magic Kingdom.” SF...

Will Durst: The charmingly offensive road tour

Mar 17, 2013

Thankfully the current revival of President Obama’s Charm Offensive is not a theatrical production because the reviews are decidedly mixed. Seeing him furiously pirouette around Washington for the last two weeks like a carnival contortionist makes you wonder if he might be secretly setting up a post-presidential career in a Las Vegas Cirque de Soleil spin-off.

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We talk about the dangers of technology here from time to time, and have done some on the U.S. government’s use of military drones. Here’s the mother of all drone reporting , from NBC News’ Michael Isikoff : The 16-page memo , a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those...

Cannabis News Roundup: December 15, 2012

Dec 15, 2012

(Raw Story) // US Senator Patrick Leahy wants to know “What assurance can and will the administration give to state officials involved in licensing of marijuana retailers,” protecting them from federal intervention. This question is from a letter sent by Senator Leahy earlier this month to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. One assurance would be to amend the law to allow possession, where permitted. (Detroit Free Press) // And perhaps partly in response to the Senator’s question,...

Friday Media Roundtable: The Foreign Policy Debate

Oct 25, 2012

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the third and final presidential debate, which focused on US foreign policy. What did the media focus on and what was missing from the coverage? We’ll be joined by Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly, The American Independent News Network’s Eli Clifton, and Democracy Now’s Andres Contreris . Where did you see the best reporting this week? And where do you get your news about US foreign policy? It’s Your Call...

Today on Your Call: Where is US foreign policy heading?

Oct 23, 2012
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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the last presidential debate on foreign policy. How has US foreign policy changed in the past four years? Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here. What are the most important foreign policy issues facing the US today? And what needs to change? What foreign policy questions would you ask the presidential candidates? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you. Guests: Mouin Rabbani, an independent Middle East analyst based in Amman,...

Youth voters: can Obama re-energize them?

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Over the past few weeks, President Obama has been heavily courting the youth vote, visiting college campuses in swing states around the country. At the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, there’s a big push for youth involvement. There are 644 delegates under the age of 35, and even an official youth engagement coordinator. Polls show young adult support for President Obama at around 55 percent, slightly down from when he was elected in 2008. At the first Youth Press...

The San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Party is demanding that the Democratic administration in Washington immediately cease all Federal actions in San Francisco, respect State and local laws, and stop the closure of City-permitted medical cannabis facilities.
The resolution , approved last Wednesday, notes that San Francisco has been a Safe Harbor City for medical cannabis since 2000 and its citizens have continually supported and voted for regulated safe and ethical access to...

On the next Your Call, with the election cycle well under way, well have a debate about President Obamas record on healthcare, the environment, and US foreign policy. Well be joined by Joshua Frank, co-editor of Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion , and Faiz Shakir, vice president of the Center for American Progress. How do you assess President Obamas record thus far? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org . If you supported President Obama in 2008, how do you view...