Thu October 4, 2012
Planet Money

Romney And President Obama Vs. Our Economist-Approved Presidential Candidate

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the first 2012 presidential debate in Denver, CO.
SAUL LOEB AFP/Getty Images

During the presidential debate last night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney talked about their ideas to grow the economy. Here's how what they said matches up with our economist-approved presidential platform:

Eliminate certain deductions:

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Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Los Angeles Overturns Its Brand New Ban On Marijuana Shops

Pedestrians pass a medical marijuana dispensary in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles on July 24, 2012.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Faced with several lawsuits, petitions with thousands of signatures and heavy criticism, the Los Angeles City Council reversed itself yesterday. In a preliminary vote, members ended the city's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The ban was only enacted in July.

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Tue October 2, 2012
Latin America

Uruguay's Drugs Policy: Regulating Market For Pot

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 6:16 pm

Supporters of legalization of cannabis in Montevideo march toward the Legislative Palace in May as part of the 2012 Global Marijuana March.
Miguel Rojo AFP/Getty Images

Increasing drug use and narcotrafficking has made some Latin American countries among the most violent places on Earth. But tiny, progressive Uruguay, where it's always been legal to use marijuana, is leading the way with an alternative drug policy.

The government of President Jose Mujica has proposed a law that would put the state in charge of producing and selling marijuana to registered users.

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Tue September 18, 2012

Amendment 64: To Legalize Pot or Not...

Yes on 64: credit - Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. No on 64: credit: Smart Colorado
  • Bente Birkeland reporting from the state capitol

This November Colorado will be one of three states deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 64 have raised more than a million dollars for their campaign. There’s also broad opposition to the measure.

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Tue September 18, 2012

Amendment 64: Who's Bankrolling What?

Torben Hansen Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana possession is billed by one leading local advocate as “a grassroots effort here on the ground,” but an examination of contributions to the campaign tell a far different story.

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