FROM John McCowen
When It Comes to Marijuana, Not Even a County Sheriff Can Cross the Feds Sheriff's deputies arrested seven men running a large marijuana plantation today near Pyramid Lake in Ventura County. On public lands -- cleared, terraced and irrigated by tubes leading to a nearby creek — they found 130 pounds of drying marijuana. In Mendocino County, it's a different story. The Sheriff there is in a battle with federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency. They raided a marijuana farmer who had a Sheriff's permit and who was carefully complying with County Ordinance 931, designed to make it safe to grown medical marijuana under state law.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
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.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?