States are becoming increasingly wary of running their own hemp-production programs because of mounting costs and labor requirements for compliance testing and enforcement. The dilemma led North Carolina, a major hemp market, to become the first state to discontinue its pre-existing hemp oversight operation. Hemp farmers in North Carolina willContinue Reading

An expert on autocracy assesses how far America has slipped away from democracy, and what it will take to get it back. In the summer of 2020, Ruth Ben-Ghiat was putting the final touches on her history of modern autocracy. She had to do it, though, without the benefit ofContinue Reading

The state has tripled its renewable energy since 2019, and it’s aiming to keep that momentum — but not at the expense of its prolific oil and gas fields. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the party’s lawmakers in the state won early raves from environmental groups for their supportContinue Reading

A sense among many voters and activists across the state that Palin hasn’t tended to local relationships looms over her campaign Sarah Palin is running for Alaska’s sole congressional seat with national fame and support from former president Donald Trump but Alaskans are skeptical. (Video: The Washington Post) ANCHORAGE, AlaskaContinue Reading

Bipartisan leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to strike a follow-up deal to their 2018 work. But that’s complicated by Republicans’ focusing on rising crime. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ranked criminal justice as high on his list of priorities, though he said it “may be just as challenging asContinue Reading

President Biden listens as Steve Dettelbach, nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, speaks on measures to combat gun crime from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 11, 2022. President Biden on Monday announced the finalization of a federal ruleContinue Reading

A majority also placed blame on President Joe Biden. Gasoline price is seen at a gas station in Rolling Meadows, Ill. on April 1. | Nam Y. Huh, File/AP Photo A significant majority of Americans blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the recent spike in America’s gas prices, but almostContinue Reading

Operatives who helped elect Sen. Jon Ossoff are exporting their voter contact program to more states for the midterm elections. Then-Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a campaign event on November 19, 2020 in Jonesboro, Georgia. | Elijah Nouvelage/Images A group of Democratic strategists is trying to spreadContinue Reading

The former Democratic senator is guiding the first Black woman tapped for the Supreme Court. His one-time colleagues wonder if there’s more to come. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson talks to former Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) as she arrives for the third day of her confirmation hearing onContinue Reading

Weed vote exposes political rift on criminal justice reform. A marijuana activist holds a flag during a march on July 4, 2021. | Alex Wong/Getty Images The House passed a far-reaching marijuana legalization bill on Friday by a 220-204 vote, largely along party lines and still with no real pathContinue Reading