FROM Tom James
Does Pot Legalization Lead to Fewer Minority Arrests? Advocates for legalizing recreational marijuana often argue that legalization will mean fewer drug-related arrests and convictions of minorities. California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has cited the disproportional impact of the "War on Drugs" on people of color as a reason for his support of legalization. It is true that African Americans are only 7 percent of the population in California, but represent more than 20 percent of those arrested for marijuana felonies. So how would legalization impact arrest rates? A look at what happened after Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012 is in order.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.