From News Max Monday, 12 Aug 2013 09:46 AM By Melanie Batley and Newsmax Wires
Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift in federal criminal policy on Monday, overturning the decades-old “mandatory minimum prison sentences” for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, a hallmark of President Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs.
Under the new policy, prosecutors will send fewer drug offenders to federal prison for long sentences, while judges will have more discretion in sentencing.
“Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason,” Holder said in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. . . . Read Complete Report
From News Max Sunday, 02 Jun 2013 01:34 PM By Audrey Hudson
Presidential aides are privately admitting to a growing frustration inside the White House with Attorney General Eric Holder’s political ineptness in the press leak investigations and are hoping the embattled appointee will resign from office, The New York Times reports.
“The White House is apoplectic about him, and has been for a long time,” said an anonymous Democrat source, identified only as a former government employee who acknowledged the White House staffers in question are his friends.
President Barack Obama’s advisers are frustrated with Holder’s inability to foresee problems arising from his approval of a subpoena naming a Fox News reporter as a coconspirator in an espionage investigation. Now Congress is looking at whether Holder lied under oath when he testified last month that he knew nothing about the incident. . . . Read Complete Report
Published on May 28, 2013
First Associated Press, then Fox News: as the days progress as of late, the Obama administration has been linked to investigating more and more American journalists. President Obama campaigned on a promise of transparency, but is that possible for the country when journalists can’t report without risking arrest? Obama has touted a proposed s media shield law, but some say it might hurt instead of help. RT’s Margaret Howell speaks with Michael Brooks of The Majority Report to discuss the latest on the war against leaks and how the White House, Congress and Attorney General Eric Holder are handling increased scrutiny from the media during this fight over the First Amendment.
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“Governments have been in the brainwashing business for decades. The majority of parents send their children to government schools. What do they think their children are going to learn besides reading, writing, and arithmetic (if they even learn these)? They’re going to learn how to learn to love the State. . . .”
“One thing that I think is clear with young people and with adults as well, is that we just have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to simply have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it every Monday. We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.” . . . Read Complete Report
How are the authorities reacting to pot legalization in Washington and Colorado? Well, Attorney General Eric Holder says “I don’t know [if I’ll be coming back for four more years]“, according to a newly released video of Mr. Holder speaking at a law school. Many see that as the warm-up before the departure of the embattled AG, who oversaw a largely ineffective crackdown on medical marijuana.
Kristen Gwynne at AlterNet does a great round-up of all other responses today, noting that the governor of Colorado said, “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.” . . . Read Complete Report
It has long been a popular argument among campaigners for reform of America‘s marijuana laws that legalization would strike a major blow against the violent Mexican drug gangs that have brought so much misery to parts of that country and, increasingly, along the US border.
The logic is simple. Marijuana smuggling is a major earner for drug gangs, so a legal crop in the US would have a dramatic impact on their operations, lowering the amount of money available to them to bribe cops and hire killers south of the border. . . . Read Complete Report
Pot Legal in Colorado and Washington, but Feds Still Loom
Published on Nov 7, 2012
Democrats may be high on President Obama’s re-election victory today, but constituents in Colorado and Washington state are feeling the buzz a little stronger than everyone else. The western states have become the first ever in America to legalize pot for recreational use. . . . posted with video on youtube