May 12, 2014

In Uruguay, it will soon be easier to grow your own marijuana plant than go to the store and buy a pack of cigarettes.

On May 6, the country's senate passed a law prohibiting the display of tobacco products, Vice reports, on the theory that if people don't see the items, they won't want them. On the same day, President José Mújica started formally regulating the consumption of marijuana, allowing — among other things — every resident to cultivate up to six marijuana plants each year, as well as buy marijuana in pharmacies. The goal, per Mújica, is to abolish the black market for pot.

Tobacco has long been a target of Uruguay's government, and in 2010, Philip Morris sued, claiming free-trade violations (the World Bank Tribunal agreed to hear arguments). One of the regulations the company didn't like was having to put health warnings covering 80 percent of each cigarette package; the World Bank Tribunal should deliver its verdict in 2015.

As for Uruguayans, most are taking a wait-and-see approach. "There is enormous uncertainty surrounding how this will all come about," a young woman who asked to be called Diana told Vice. "The only thing that is really certain is that people are smoking joints at 10 a.m. with incredible tranquility! All of Montevideo smells like pot. My neighbor already has eight plants." Catherine Garcia

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) thinks former House Speaker John Boehner ought to "be ashamed of himself" for calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a bitch" during a recent talk at Stanford University. "The fact that he has done this is appalling. And he should be ashamed of himself. And I demand he apologize," Lee said on Mark Levin's radio show, calling Boehner's remarks "really vile stuff" and noting that he was "livid to have him talk about my friend Ted Cruz" like that.

Lee, who has endorsed Cruz in the presidential race, says Boehner's comments are all the more reason voters frustrated with the establishment should vote for Cruz. "This is a wake-up call to people who are supporting Donald Trump, thinking that he's the guy that's going to rail against the establishment," Lee said. "He's not. He is the establishment. He's the golfing buddy, the texting buddy of John Boehner. The same guy who praises Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders." Becca Stanek

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Sometimes the best jokes don't even take embellishment. In Amy Schumer's latest sketch, she and Inside Amy Schumer regular Kyle Dunnigan portray two home-shopping hosts who are excited to push their newest ware: "just your regular run-of-the-mill, meat-and-potatoes handgun."

The episode — which gets fact-checked by Everytown For Gun Safety's Chief Strategy Officer Brina Milikowsky — puts a big hot spotlight on the bleak reality of how easy it is for anyone to get a gun using legal loopholes, be they a felon, terrorist, or child.

While the whole skit could have been at risk of coming across heavy-handed, the funniest jokes are in the subtle details, such as the thousands of guns sales recorded just minutes into Schumer and Dunnigan's spiel and the "mass shooting" alarm that Schumer comments will provoke conversations on gun violence, "which means the government could be coming for your guns soon, which they never have but always might!"

But as this is a home shopping channel, the gun is a limited time offer, and Schumer and Dunnigan swiftly move on to hawking their next product: congressmen. Schumer swings for the fences, too — using actual congressmen's names.

Once again, Schumer walks the line between being hilarious and completely depressing — all while doing little more than telling the brutal truth. Watch below. Jeva Lange

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On Thursday, Donald Trump made his first campaign visit to California since February, as the GOP presidential candidates start focusing on the pivotal June 7 California primary. Trump held a big, racuous rally at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, and hundreds of demonstrators were waiting to protest Trump's immigration policies and campaign rhetoric. Ten men and seven women were arrested for alleged unlawful assembly after the rally as the protest turned violent. Police were out in force, and protesters smashed the window of a police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police SUV, and even tried to flip over a police car. The mayhem was over by 10:15 p.m., Orange County sheriff department Lt. Mark Stichter told the Los Angeles Times, and no major injuries were reported.

The protests were peaceful but larger than expected before the rally, but when Trump supporters couldn't get in to hear the candidate, the confrontation between Trump backers and critics started growing tense. Police helicopters hovered overhead and law enforcement in riot gear and on horseback stepped in to clear the streets of Trump protesters, some of whom carried Mexican flags. "We could be peaceful and do things different," Arianna Perez, 19, told the L.A. Times, "but if we did, we wouldn't get our voice heard." You can watch an Associated Press report below. Peter Weber

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On Friday, North Korea's Supreme Court found U.S. citizen Kim Dong Chul guilty of espionage and subversion, and sentenced the 62-year-old businessman to 10 years with hard labor. Kim is the second American sentenced to hard labor recently, after 21-year-old tourist Otto Warmer was given 15 years for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster. The brief trial was conducted a week before North Korea's ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years.

Kim was arrested in October. Last month, he confessed before North Korean media to having collaborated with South Korean intelligence to bring down North Korea's leadership — which National Intelligence Service says is untrue — and trying to spread religion in the country. Previous North Korean prisoners have said their confessions were coerced. Peter Weber

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Legendary former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight is a big fan of Harry Truman and Donald Trump, the latter of whom he has endorsed for president. At a Trump rally in Indiana on Thursday, Knight raised some eyebrows when he compared the two men. "Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944 saved, saved billions of American lives," Knight said, with Trump smiling next to him. "And that's what Harry Truman did. And he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here's a man who would do the same thing, because he's going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States."

A 2015 survey of 162 American political scientists did find Truman ranked highly among U.S. presidents, at No. 6, but his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, especially the second one on Nagasaki, is still controversial. Trump himself warns that nuclear weapons are the "single greatest threat" to the world, though he said Thursday morning that he "will never, ever rule... out" using a nuclear weapon on the Islamic State. On CNN Thursday night, Wolf Blitzer asked Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson about Knight's comments. "Well, I think this is just an example of what people are associating with Mr. Trump's strength and leadership, not the fact that he would actually drop an A-bomb," she said. You can watch below. Peter Weber

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Ted Cruz naming Carly Fiorina his potential vice president was "bold," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday's Late Show. "After Tuesday's huge wins by Clinton and Trump, Bernie Sanders saw the writing on the wall and laid off hundreds of staffers. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz saw the writing and covered it up with a 'Hang In There, Baby' poster." Colbert compared Cruz naming a running mate to the captain of the Titanic calmly announcing his "vice captain" as the ship sank, but said "Fiorina was clearly honored to accept this important job that will never exist." And that song she sang at the VP unveiling? "It's like Disney gave the wicked stepmother her own song."

Cruz isn't alone, though, Colbert said — every candidate is talking about vetting VP candidates. In the clip below, Colbert offered his unsolicited advice to Elizabeth Warren and all the other people whose names are being mentioned in the veepstakes. Peter Weber

1:53 a.m. ET

The Los Angeles Rams had the first overall pick at Thursday night's NFL draft in Chicago, and they chose Cal quarterback Jared Goff for their newly relocated franchise. The other contender being floated for first pick, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, was snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second overall draft pick. Goff, 21, said he is ready to move to L.A. "There's going to be pressure no matter when you're picked in the first round," he told reporters. "I think I can bring a lot to the table. I think I can bring a lot to the team."

There was a bit of drama before and during the draft with the social media accounts of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, previously considered a likely No. 1 draft pick. Right before the draft began, a video of Tunsil smoking something out of a bong while wearing a gas mask was posted on his Twitter feed, before being taken down, along with his Twitter account. Tunsil said his account was hacked but told ESPN that it was him in the 2-year-old video, adding that he doesn't have a drug problem.

The Miami Dolphins nabbed Tunsil as the No. 13 overall pick, and after the draft, someone posted an image of a text message exchange to his Instagram account that appeared to show Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller discussing paying the rent and bills of Tunsil's mother. In a news conference, Tunsil said that he had taken money from a coach at Ole Miss, telling reporters: "I made a mistake. That happened." When reporters asked if he had spoken with NCAA investigators, Tunsil was ushered out of the room. You can watch the first two draft picks in the video below. Peter Weber

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