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Jeff Sessions to opioid users: "Sometimes you just need to take two Bufferin and go to bed"

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Speaking to the Heritage Foundation last night in honor of Ronald Reagan's birthday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reckoned himself to be an expert on drug addiction and had some sage advice for opioid users: “Sometimes, you just need to take two Bufferin or something and go to bed.”

Other words of wisdom: “We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana or other drugs too.”

However, according to Think Progress:

New federally funded research, however, finds a link between the availability of medical marijuana and fewer opioid deaths. A RAND Corporation study published earlier this month showed “an approximately 20 percent decline in opioid overdose deaths associated with the passage of any state medical marijuana law.”

Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

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sfrazer
251 days ago
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Like I'm going to take medical advice from a house-elf
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Simpson's Paradox: Are University Admissions Biased?

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Americans should worry about Kim's mental fitness, not Trump's: White House

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WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump's tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader's mental fitness, not their president's.
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sfrazer
285 days ago
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Why not both?
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wreichard
286 days ago
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Saying things like that doesn’t help.
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angelchrys
285 days ago
Pretty sure I'm going to continue worrying about both
wreichard
285 days ago
Me too.
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Wolff: No one on Team Trump expected to win

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New York Magazine has an explosive excerpt from Michael Wolff's forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," in which Wolff reports that Trump's confidants all expected him to lose — and many thought he deserved to.

The big thing: Everybody from Kellyanne Conway, who was interviewing for television gigs with networks in the campaign's last days, to Trump himself, who boasted about starting his own network, had an exit strategy.


Some of the juiciest quotes:

  • "Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend—Trump might actually win—seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears—and not of joy."
  • "[Rupert] Murdoch suggested that taking a liberal approach to H-1B visas, which open America's doors to select immigrants, might be hard to square with his promises to build a wall and close the borders. But Trump seemed unconcerned, assuring Murdoch, 'We'll figure it out.' 'What a fucking idiot,' said Murdoch, shrugging, as he got off the phone."
  • "Between themselves, [Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump] had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she'd be the one to run for president . The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump."
  • "[Trump] retreated to his own bedroom—the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms. In the first days, he ordered two television screens in addition to the one already there, and a lock on the door, precipitating a brief standoff with the Secret Service, who insisted they have access to the room…. He had a longtime fear of being poisoned , one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald's—nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade."


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sfrazer
286 days ago
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This idiot doesn’t even know how poisons work.
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wreichard
286 days ago
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Yeah, it’s everything you thought.
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Infrequent Site Stories is the blog reader we need

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Launching today on all three platforms—web, iOS, and Android—is the new Infrequent Site Stories view. This configurable river of news offers a view of stories only from the blogs that publish less often than 1 story per day.

Most of what you see in your day-to-day feed is news that’s up to the minute and is probably stale within a day. Even 8 hour old news can be a problem. But sometimes what you want is an overview of the news that isn’t exactly news. It’s stories from the blogs who have individual authors, or blogs that publish only a few times a month. And missing out on those stories is a tragedy because it is those blogs that pushed you to invest in an RSS reader in the first place.

Today I’m happy to introduce a new feature that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s called Infrequent Site Stories and you can find it at the top of your feed list on the web, on iOS, and on Android.

Infrequent Site Stories is the river that captures stories from those authors who aren’t pulling from the firehose. These are the stories that are more thoughtful and more relevant days, weeks, months, or even years down the line. These stories are not to be missed. And the best thing about these stories is that there are far fewer of them than there are of your normal full river from All Site Stories.

You can also configure the Infrequent river to be more or less inclusive of content that is more or less frequently published by changing the filter anywhere from 5 to 90 stories per month.

These options are also available on all three official NewsBlur platforms and will let you perform a filter similar to how Focus mode reduces your number of unreads. It’s great to dip into Infrequent Site Stories and get stories you would ordinarily miss out on.

Try out the new Infrequent Site Stories feed, available only to premium subscribers. If your experience is anything like mine, it’ll be one of the new must read feeds in your reader.

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sfrazer
309 days ago
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Perils of UI changes: I keep clicking "Infrequent Site Stories" instead of "All Site Stories" because I target the area above my top feed name, not the words in the label.
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docheart
309 days ago
Agreed. I read all my news feeds and I would like the option to turn this off. I do love the new app and how it looks on my phone otherwise. Thanks!
deezil
309 days ago
Since I got this, I have clicked on that new header probably a dozen times.
chaosdiscord
309 days ago
I'm intrigued by the idea, and will dabble with it. But like sfrazer, it's throwing off my default use case of reading "All Site Stories." Now ASS (snicker) is in the middle, making a less obvious target. Maybe swap ASS and ISS?
philipstorry
309 days ago
Yep, swapping would be most welcome. Otherwise, a great feature!
JimB
309 days ago
Agreed. Damned irritating. I posted a suggestion to disable it within a couple of days of the feature first arriving.
lhagan
309 days ago
It's no help if you're using one of the native apps, but in the web app you can easily remove the Infrequent button by adding this under Account > Custom CSS: .NB-feeds-header-river-infrequent { display: none; }
hooges
308 days ago
tweeted about this exact same problem. I'm a big fan of all site stories, wish this was moved up one spot
alexlomas
307 days ago
Exactly the same here!
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satadru
302 days ago
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I... Didn't know I needed this.
New York, NY
brennen
305 days ago
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This is good stuff.
Boulder, CO
tante
309 days ago
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"Infrequent Side Stories" are a great idea to quickly determine the stuff beyond news. Love @newsblur for that kind of stuff.
Oldenburg/Germany
samuel
309 days ago
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I’m thinking about making the list of rivers customizable so you can hide any of the three (global shared, all site, infrequent site).
The Haight in San Francisco
JayM
309 days ago
Just being able to click/touch and drag would be great for the order of the items.
tingham
309 days ago
@Samuel Is there an open item on get satisfaction for this discussion?
samuel
309 days ago
No I'm just spit balling. Had the idea a while ago and figured it was time now since some people read every story and have no need for this special filtered feed.
dlanods
309 days ago
Please. I use All, but don't use Global and I can't see myself using Infrequent, so having to remember to aim for the central button of three very similar buttons doesn't feel like great usability given how often I'm misclicking at the moment. Bring able to move All to the bottom would be much nicer.
tingham
309 days ago
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Maybe do: https://twitter.com/tingham/status/940279104082980865 instead?
Cary, NC
deezil
309 days ago
That was what I wanted in a much cleaner way than what I was going to explain with just words.
rosskarchner
309 days ago
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I've been imagining the opposite feature-- there are feeds, where if an item goes unread for more than a day (or even a few hours, say for an evening Axios newsletter), I'm never gonna be interested, and would prefer them just to silently disappear or be marked as read.
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zackfern
309 days ago
I've also wanted a feature like this. But I'm still very excited about this Infrequent Stories feature! Thanks Samuel!
expatpaul
309 days ago
I would also really like this feature. I would prefer a cut-off of a couple of days, but if this was configurable (feed and "stale" date) then we would all be happy :-)
wreichard
309 days ago
Infrequent stories will be great, but what you’re describing is really the feature I dream of. Right now I use Apple News (shudder)for that.

Berkeley Student And Trump Supporter Sues University For $23M Over Attacks By Liberal Protesters

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Berkeley Student And Trump Supporter Sues University For $23M Over Attacks By Liberal Protesters Conservative UC Berkeley student Kiara Robles accuses the university of "willfully withholding police manpower" because they disagree with conservative views. [ more › ]
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sfrazer
496 days ago
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Just another collegiate snowflake afraid of having her ideas tested in the marketplace.
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wmorrell
496 days ago
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How precious.
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