FROM Robert O'Harrow
Widespread Abuse of Police “Stop and Seize” Power Since September 11, 2001, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security have spent big money training local police, sheriffs and state troopers to be more aggressive in searching for suspicious people, illegal drugs and other possible contraband. The Washington Post reports they may have learned their all lessons too well. Local police have seized hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from motorists — stopped, but never charged with crimes. In order to get their money back, thousands of drivers have been forced to prove they’re the rightful owners. That’s according to an investigative series in the Post called “Stop and Seize.” Robert O’Harrow wrote those stories.
Politics Aside, Big Hurdles Ahead on Unilateral Immigration Reform About half the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US will be eligible to apply for relief after President Obamas executive order. Who are they? Where do they live? Can public and private agencies handle a massive new workload if it materializes?
A Climate Change Deal in China, and Calls for Change in Mexico The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards ever from the world’s top two greenhouse gas producers. Also, the case of 43 missing students in Mexico has made headlines around the world. What would it take to break the hold of drugs and political corruption in Mexico?