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Pro Wrestling May Be Fake, But the Monopoly Is Real

By Andrew Leonatti

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has time and again choke-slammed attempts by his independent contractors (also known as "wrestlers," "entertainers," or "fake athletes") to unionize and dropped the leg on multiple concussion-related lawsuits. But this time, the WWE is facing a federal lawsuit by MLW Media LLC, a smaller wrestling company known to wrestling geeks as Major League Wrestling. This pinning predicament could be harder to kick out from.

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Will You Have To Give Up Your Gas Stove?

By Andrew Leonatti

Food is subjective, and everyone has their own ways of making the most common dishes. Every cook, from the humble home chef to a James Beard-winning master of haute cuisine, however, agrees on one immutable fact: there is no substitute for cooking with gas. Electricity doesn't come close. That is why banning natural gas in new construction is shaping up to be, strangely, one of the most divisive battles in the war on climate change.

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Are Supervised Drug-Use Sites Legal?

By Andrew Leonatti

The early 2000's crime and politics drama "The Wire" arguably was the first to expose the public to the concept of what "legalizing" drugs would look like when put into practice. Now, real-life New York City is the first city in the U.S. to open a supervised drug-use site. Announced by outgoing-Mayor Bill de Blasio, the program is part of the city's "harm reduction" strategy that is attempting to reverse the alarming upward trend in overdose deaths.

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Don't Talk to the Feds Without a Lawyer. Ever.

By Andrew Leonatti

The Justice Department announced a grand jury indictment yesterday against Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., on charges of lying to federal investigators and concealing the source of illegal campaign contributions. Ho-hum. Another corrupt politician getting caught. On to the next one. Except that the details of Fortenberry's case provide lessons for the rest of us. It shouldn't be such an obvious lesson, but here we are.

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Can Congress Hold You in Contempt?

By Andrew Leonatti

The U.S. House Select Committee is just starting to dive into its investigation of what happened on Jan. 6, when a mob of angry Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. The committee is probing what Trump and others close to him knew about the rioters' plans that day. So far, people in Trump's orbit are mostly refusing to play ball by ignoring subpoenas issued by the committee to give depositions. Eager to send a message, committee members are promising to hold a vote this week to hold Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Trump, in contempt.

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John Hinckley Jr. Will Be Free in 2022: Here's Why

By Andrew Leonatti

The attempted assassination of then-President Ronald Reagan, only a few months into his first term in 1981, shocked the nation. Reagan's would-be assassin, John Hinckley Jr., was found not guilty by reason of insanity, which led to widespread criticism, dismay, and anger. Now 66 and the subject of decades of treatment, Hinckley is set to be completely free next summer, after a federal judge recently ordered his unconditional release.

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