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Happy Thursday, folks. I’m Tim Mulkerin, your guide through the five best stories out of Mic today — including one about quite a fascinating marijuana-themed college program. Let’s get started.

“I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me”: Rep. Dave Brat tells incarcerated drug users his problems

Rep. Dave Brat
Rep. Dave Brat Jay Paul/Getty Images

Republican Rep. Dave Brat recently visited Chesterfield County Jail in Virginia to speak with incarcerated drug addicts. While there, he said the following:

“You think you’re having a hard time — I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me, how do you think I’m feeling?”

We all make choices, I suppose, and that was certainly a choice.

Diesel’s new “faggot” jacket caused fervent backlash. Does the context of why they made it matter?

The “faggot” jacket from Diesel’s ‘Hate Couture’ collection
The “faggot” jacket from Diesel’s ‘Hate Couture’ collection Diesel

Clothing company Diesel recently unveiled a new jacket with the word “faggot” scrawled across the back, as a part of a campaign alleging, “The more hate you wear, the less you care.”

It, perhaps intentionally, sparked more than a little conversation online.

McConnell saying GOP plans to cut entitlements, repeal health care becomes political gift to Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Carolyn Kaster/AP

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, essentially, according to Mic’s Emily Singer, giving Democrats a massive gift with his harsh comments on social security, Medicare, Medicaid and the biggie: the Affordable Care Act.

Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit amid mounting fury over presumed Khashoggi killing

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Gustavo Garello/AP

Though President Donald Trump has appeared to defend Saudi Arabia amid reports it tortured and killed dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hasn’t followed suit.

Instead, Mnuchin announced Thursday he will no longer participate in the Future Investment Summit in Saudi Arabia, which was scheduled for later in the month.

A Canadian university is preparing students for careers in pot

In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, Devin Melnyk, a long-time marijuana grower, demonstrates how to use a high-volume cannabis trimming machine
In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, Devin Melnyk, a long-time marijuana grower, demonstrates how to use a high-volume cannabis trimming machine Ted S. Warren/AP

Oh, hey, haven’t you heard? On Wednesday, Canada legalized recreational marijuana. With all that pesky red tape out of the way, you might be interested to learn more about the cannabis production program at Niagra College in Ontario, Canada, where students will learn about plant nutrition, pest management and various legal regulations.

The bad news is that — unlike its students — the acceptance rate isn’t all that high, with just 8% of applicants making the cut.

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Tim Mulkerin
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