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.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.