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Jeff Sessions Escalates Drug War and Urges Prosecutors to Seek Harsh Sentencing

Sessions held a news conference on the new policy earlier Friday and Trump has said he chose to fire Comey because the President thought he was doing a bad job and for being a "showboat". Ames Grawert, a counsel in the Brennan Center's Justice Program said "Republicans, Democrats, advocates, and law enforcement are increasingly moving away from the exact approach [Mr] Sessions brought back today". Read More »

Melissa McCarthy honors moms, wrecks Sean Spicer on new SNL

Ch-ch-check it out (above)! McCarthy once again brought comic spice plus Spicer to "Saturday Night Live". "Trump in innocent. How do we know?" "I said: 'You want to watch it from back here". "Here's something I made this afternoon". It's then that the other neighborhood moms declare it's time for her to pick an animal, the animal that defines her as a woman. Read More »

North Korea tested missile capable of reaching US

The missile was launched on an unusually high trajectory , with KCNA saying it flew to an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers and traveled 787 kilometers before coming down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). But the US military said that the flight pattern was "not consistent" with an ICBM and did not threaten the United States. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul . Read More »

Trump To Organize Voter Suppression Panel

Tasked with examining the registration and voting processes used in federal elections, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity must submit a report to Trump on practices that enhance and undermine Americans' confidence in voting integrity. Read More »

More Americans want 'independent' investigation of Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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The White House spokesman again avoided reporters' questions Monday - claiming seven more times that Trump, and therefore the White House, had nothing more to say. Among independents, 18 percent said the bill was a good idea while 44 percent were opposed to it. Lee said he was "absolutely serious about it". "We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", Warner said. Read More »

U.S. accuses Syrian regime of killing thousands of prisoners

Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, said USA officials believe the crematorium would be used to dispose of bodies at a prison, where they believe Assad's regime authorised the mass hangings of thousands of inmates during Syria's six-year-old civil war. Read More »

Plane in deadly crash was registered in Montana

The FAA said in a statement that investigators were en route to the scene and the cause of the crash was unknown. Carlstadt Police Sergeant John Cleary told reporters the plane hit one building in an industrial or manufacturing area, skidded across a parking lot and broke apart. Read More »

Trump's Religious Liberty Order Is Hit With Lawsuit

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It doesn't reverse the ban on churches endorsing candidates that is contained in a 1954 law known as the Johnson Amendment (which isn't aggressively enforced in any case). Trump's order includes language that says the executive branch "will honor and enforce " existing laws. The American Civil Liberties Union plans to challenge the order in court, saying the president is "using religion as a wedge to further divide the country and permit discrimination". Read More »

Penn State Fraternity Death Case Continues

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Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are set to announce, Friday, May 5, 2017, the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of the Penn State student, Timothy Piazza, who fell down steps February 4, during an alcohol-fueled pledge ceremony. Read More »

AG Sessions Escalates Drug War with New Sentencing Rules

Sessions' effort runs contrary to a growing bipartisan consensus that has come to view drug addiction and substance abuse as more of a public health issue than a criminal problem. "There's a long history of these memos saying both that prosecutors should charge the most serious, readily provable offense, but also that prosecutors should exercise some discretion", said David Alan Sklansky, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in criminal justice. Read More »

Jefferson Davis statue coming down overnight, parents at nearby school told

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Last month, New Orleans began the long-overdue process of removing four statues honoring the lost, and immoral, Confederate cause. Police separated the sides with barriers. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past". Crews surrounded the statue of Jefferson Davis after midnight Thursday. "What fueled it in New Orleans was how prominent they were in the city". Read More »

Video reportedly shows moments after teen is shot by police

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Rivera says police told Negron's family he died as soon as he was shot. The video was posted online by Giovanni Rivera, who says he is Negron's cousin. On May 9, 2017 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Bridgeport Police Officers were attempting to stop a stolen motor vehicle on Park Ave. Boulay, 30, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. Read More »

Brain surgeon, nurse charged with child sex crimes

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A Watsonville doctor and a nurse have been arrested for alleged sex crimes against minors. Kohut, 57, was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act upon a minor under age 10; committing a lewd act upon a child under 14; and committing a forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, according to Steven Moore, a county deputy district attorney. Read More »

Donald Trump's latest tweetstorm threatens James Comey and press

Comey's allies also quickly made clear they would defend him against attacks from Trump, including disputing the president's assertion that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation. The New York Times reported that an anonymous source was told by Comey that Trump had asked Comey to be loyal to him. - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when ... Read More »

Major League Baseball reviews security at all parks after Fenway racial slurs

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On Monday, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park . "The BPD's Civil Rights Unit is investigating the allegations and will make a determination as to whether further action is warranted", Boston police said. The feud seemed to reach its tipping point Tuesday night when Orioles shortstop Manny Machado unleashed a curse-filled rant on the Red Sox after Chris Sale was ejected for throwing behind him in the first inning of Boston's 5-2 win. Read More »

White House Dodges Questions About Possible Comey Tapes

The lawmakers urged Trump to select a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without any political background and said the president would need to hand over to Congress any taped conversations with Comey, if they exist. "Remember this: Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy", Mr Trump said. He said Clapper is among those convinced that contacts between Trump's people and Russians were clear of collusion. Read More »

Penguins seek rebound after Senators win opener

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Claiming a 1-0 win to even the series at a game apiece, the Pens were hardly dominant in Monday's matchup, struggling to find open windows against Ottawa's defense, falling victim to a handful of highlight-reel Anderson saves and showcasing their frustration after scoreless droughts were made worse by physical run-ins with the Sens. Read More »

Sean Hannity addresses rumors that he's leaving Fox News

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In January, she wrote about her infertility due to endometriosis. O'Reilly was sacked last month after the New York Times revealed that he and Fox had paid millions of dollars to quietly settle a series of sexual harassment allegations against him, including two after Ailes left last summer. Read More »

USA court to hold hearing on Trump travel ban

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The International Refugee Assistance Project brought the claim to that district court in Maryland and the Justice Department appealed. Now, the big question facing judges is whether they should take the executive order at face value, as an action meant to safeguard Americans from potential terrorists, or use President Trump's words to interpret the order as something different: an attempt to ban Muslims from entering the country. Read More »

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reverses Obama-Era Justice Policies

The federal directive won't affect Morganelli, but the career prosecutor likes mandatory sentences and pursues them when he can in his office, especially in drug cases. Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to review all its reform agreements with troubled police departments across the country - which he says stand in the way of tough policing - and marijuana advocates fear he might crack down on the drug even in states that have legalized it. Read More »

Speaker helps GOP candidate in competitive Georgia race

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Monday afternoon, House Speaker Ryan will join Handel for a campaign rally at Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center. Scores of Handel supporters and several dozen protesters - a lot of them directing their criticism at Ryan - gathered Monday at an Atlanta-area hotel ahead of the rally. Read More »