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Trump writes an executive order to end his own policy; Canada legalizes cannabis use.

Trump signs “something” on family separation

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  • President Trump has signed an executive order that will effectively end the family separation crisis. Trump’s decision comes after days of insisting it was up to Congress to solve it themselves.
  • [NYT / Maggie Haberman and Michael D. Shear]
  • The new policy will “maintain family unity” by allowing children to stay with their families in Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers as they await trial. Trump has made it clear he will not back down on his “zero tolerance” immigration policy. [Vox / Li Zhou]
  • Trump made it seem as though his “hands are tied.” He easily could have ended the crisis, however, by ending his divisive immigration policy that chooses to prosecute and hold every migrant caught crossing the border. [CNN / Chris Cillizza]
  • He said he was writing the executive order because he cared about the children and wanted “the heart.” In reality, it’s just an attempt for him to “save some face.” [Washington Post / Aaron Blake]
  • The decision follows a worldwide backlash to the policy. Everyone from former first ladies to the pope has expressed concerns. [Vox / Alex Ward]
  • Trump told reporters it was necessary to continue enforcing the policy or else the country would be “overrun by crime.” Yet studies show unauthorized immigration is actually associated with significant reductions in nonviolent crime and states with more undocumented immigrants have slightly less violent crime than other states. [Vox / Matthew Yglesias]

Canada legalizes recreational marijuana

  • Canada has passed a bill to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. If all goes according to plan, Canadians will be able to buy, sell, and use marijuana by October 17. [BBC]
  • Canada is only the second country in the world to formally legalize the drug. Uruguay was the first. [Guardian / Ashifa Kassam]
  • The goal of legalization wasn’t to satisfy marijuana users across the country. Rather, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign goal was to regulate the drug in order to stop underage smoking and end related crime issues. [CNN / Bani Sapra]
  • Canada is technically violating international law. It signed a series of treaties — as did the US — from the 1960s to ‘80s that ban legalizing marijuana. [Vox / German Lopez]
  • Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives party take office in Ontario next week. This could potentially throw a wrench into Ontario’s plan to open 40 cannabis stores by the end of 2018. [CBC / Mike Crawley]


  • Two years ago, eight people died in the largest mass murder in Ohio’s history. No one knows who killed them, or why. [The Outline / Jeff Winkler]
  • Japanese and Senegalese fans picked up all their trash following their World Cup matches in Russia. Meanwhile, Americans try for a “Kobe” basket, miss the shot, and leave the trash on the floor next to the garbage can. Chalk that up to cultural differences. [SB Nation / James Dator]
  • One’s ego is likely to grow after participating in activities such as yoga and meditation. It’s easy to come to that conclusion without the help of a study, but thanks for the confirmation. [Quartz / Olivia Goldhill]
  • By 2035, thousands of homes across California will be affected by rising sea levels. [Scientific American / Anne C. Mulkern]
  • Cher and Meryl Streep once joined forces to save a woman from being sexually assaulted on the street. [YouTube / The Late Late Show]


“A social network’s profitable transactions involve everyone but the users. … If eBay is a machine for finding the right price for a pair of shoes, Facebook — behind the veneer of enabling human connection — is a machine for discovering the right price for a pair of eyeballs. Your eyeballs.” [John Herrman on what social networks can learn from the OG, eBay / New York Times Magazine]

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