FROM Christopher Ingraham
How the feds could seize suspects' property even before they're accused of a crime Jeff Sessions is restarting part of the federal program called civil asset forfeiture. When law enforcement finds reason to believe that some cash, a house, or other valuable asset has been used in illegal activities, they seize it, and it becomes government property. In 2014, the government took more property from American citizens than burglars did. After an outcry from civil rights groups, then-Attorney General Eric Holder stopped part of the program.
White House unveils proposed budget President Trump has released his proposed budget , with massive reductions to the State Department, the EPA, the arts, science and America's poor. His White House Budget Director provided a rationale today on CBS This Morning. Mick Mulvaney said that the President wants more money for defense, law enforcement, veterans and school choice, and that he want do to that without adding to the deficit. Christopher Ingraham, who reports for the Washington Post's Wonkblog , says that early response from Republicans is measured, though several have called some of the cuts non-starters.
ACLU calls for an end to the war on drugs In Texas, 16 people are serving life sentences for illegal drug possession. Seven of them had fewer than 4 grams — less than a packet of sugar. That’s from a study by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch who advocate decriminalization of simple possession. Christopher Ingraham reports for the Washington Post.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.