The first 100 days in LGBT rights

April 29, 2017

… identity. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Transgender identity, in their words The road ahead From the President to the attorney general to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the administration has said it’s trying to balance civil rights with states’ right to set their own policies. But advocacy groups say the administration’s actions are efforts to erase them from America narrative. “One hundred days of Trump translates into 100 days …


FLDS community is ordered to reform police department

April 20, 2017

… against the joint police force of the community, known as Short Creek and made up of the polygamous followers of imprisoned church leader Warren Jeffs. “Religious discrimination threatens the Founders’ vision of a society based firmly on principles of liberty and freedom of conscience,” said Tom Wheeler, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “No individual in the United States should be treated differently by a …


Arkansas inmate has last meal as courts decide fate

April 18, 2017

(CNN)One of eight Arkansas inmates facing possible execution this month had a last meal Monday evening as his fate was being decided by federal and state courts. After the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the execution of two inmates, the state’s attorney general asked the US Supreme Court to overturn the ruling so the execution of one could proceed. While Bruce Ward has one other stay in place, Don Davis — who had his last meal — could be the first executed over the next 10 …


Hate crimes focal point of new DOJ task force

April 6, 2017

(CNN)attorney general Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention. In a letter to US Attorney’s offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee “will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.” “We must also protect the …


Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… officials, including Obama’s former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, have said that there was no evidence to substantiate such links. “I think, ultimately, that matters more to most Americans, given the nature of the allegations that have been made in the past several months about Donald Trump and his campaign and some of his associates,” Cotton said. Still, the shifting explanations of meetings last year between Trump aides, among them attorney general Jeff …


Justice Department Says It’s Not Trying To Be A Buzzkill On Legal Weed Yet

March 5, 2017

The Department of Justice is seeking to tamp down fears of an impending crackdown on legal marijuana after attorney general Jeff Sessions and White House press secretary Sean Spicer hinted at a potential policy shift. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) also told Politico that Sessions had privately assured them that he didnt intend to interfere with states that have legalized weed for recreational use. Theres still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to …


Republicans Seem OK With Trumps Nominees Misleading The Public

March 4, 2017

Even after attorney general Jeff Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigations into possible links between Trumps campaign and the Russian government, GOP senators said questions of Cabinet members dishonesty were overblown. Several senators outright rejected the notion that Sessions and fellow Trump nominees Scott Pruitt, Tom Price and Steven Mnuchin had given misleading answers on Capitol Hill. Youre just making this up as you go along? he asked, before quickly turning and …


Mukasey: White House did not violate rule limiting contact with DOJ

February 28, 2017

(CNN)A former Bush administration attorney general defended the Trump administration Monday as it faces criticism for asking the FBI to knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign. During his tenure, Michael Mukasey limited communications between White House officials and the Department of Justice for pending criminal investigations to the attorney general, the White House …


Check Out Mitch McConnell’s Face As An Angry Voter Lets Him Have It

February 22, 2017

… the Senate floor earlier this month that silenced Sen. Warren(D-Mass) when she tried to read a letter critical of Jeff Sessions, the then-Alabama senator who is now U.S. attorney general. I do, she said. I do. A reporter from local ABC station WHAS asked why he declined to respond. Earlier, McConnell had been greeted by about 1,000 protesters outside the event, a luncheon for the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce in Lawrenceburg, The Associated Press reported. …


The most delightfully geeky signs from the ‘Stand up for Science’ rally

February 20, 2017

… concerns about what they say is President Donald Trump’s “anti-science” administration. Trump has tapped cabinet officials who deny the mainstream scientific consensus that climate change is happening, and that human activity is largely to blame. The newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Administration, Scott Pruitt, called himself the “leading advocate against the EPA” during his tenure as Oklahoma’s attorney general. Since taking office, Trump …


Judge Orders Release Of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt’s Fossil Fuel Emails

February 17, 2017

A state judge has ordered Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitts office to release thousands of documents related to Pruitts communications with the energy industry. The Thursday ruling comes the day before a scheduled Senate vote on Pruitts nomination to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The lawsuit claimed that Pruitt, who has served as Oklahomas attorney general since 2011, had failed to respond to nine open-records requests seeking communications between his office and members of …


Overdose cases spike in Louisville: 52 calls in 32 hours

February 13, 2017

… Attorney, Kentucky State Police and the State attorney general’s Office, to pursue, arrest and prosecute our most violent offenders,” he said. Dr. Robert Couch, emergency medical director at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, said many more overdoses are being treated at the hospital and the patients require larger amounts of naloxone. That’s a medication sold under the brand name Narcan used to treat opioid overdoses. A growing number of overdose patients must be admitted …


Trumpolicy: Day 20

February 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump now has an attorney general following the Senate’s confirmation Wednesday night of Jeff Sessions. The vote — coming after a confirmation process in which Sessions fended off accusations of racism — passed 52-47, largely along party lines. ACTION PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK TODAY … Speaking before prominent law enforcement officials Wednesday morning, Trump once again lashed out at the judiciary, saying “even a bad high school …


Trump’s Labor Dept. pick admits to employing undocumented worker

February 7, 2017

… hearing.” The Office of Government Ethics has also failed to post Puzder’s ethics paperwork, meaning they have not approved how the businessman will untangle his considerable holdings. Linda Chavez, George W. Bush’s pick to be labor secretary, withdrew her nomination after it was discovered she allowed a Guatemalan woman who was in the United States illegally to live in her home and gave the woman spending money. Zoe Baird, Bill Clinton’s pick to be attorney general, was …