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  • Mega-mosque being forced on Christian refugee community

    02/22/2017 6:08:16 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 02/20/2017 | Leo Hohmann
    A city of 130,000 people in southeastern Michigan is under the gun of Islamic pressure following its denial of a mega-mosque in a residential neighborhood populated largely by Christian refugees who fled Islamic persecution in Iraq. Sterling Heights already has two mosques, but a third, the American Islamic Community Center, applied for a permit and was rejected after it was determined its proposed use was incompatible with the residential area. Too much traffic, too little parking, the city planning commission decided by a 9-0 vote against the mosque in September 2015. But in December, the mosque sued the city and...
  • The Rise of the Police State

    02/18/2017 8:21:00 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 8 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, February 18, 2017 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Before Obama left office, he expanded the power of the National Security Agency (NSA) to share globally intercepted personal communications, including those of Americans, with 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. The NSA is the collection agency of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). SIGINT is intelligence-gathering by interception of signals, whether communications between people (communications intelligence—abbreviated to COMINT) or from electronic signals not directly used in communication. This includes cell phones. The new rules greatly relax longstanding security limits which dictated what the NSA may do with the information gathered by its surveillance operations. For instance, rules had been written...
  • House Oversight Chairman Chaffetz refers Bryan Pagliano to DOJ for charges

    02/16/2017 7:17:55 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 02/16/2017 | John Sexton
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today asking Sessions to consider convening a grand jury or bringing charges against Hillary Clinton’s former IT guy, Bryan Pagliano. Pagliano was subpoenaed to testify before the committee last year but refused to appear on two occasions. After the second refusal, the Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt. Chaffetz’ letter to AG Sessions reads in part, “Because Pagliano’s job functions included supporting mobile computing issues across the Department, he was uniquely positioned to answer questions regarding State Department policies and practices...
  • Trump Drops Defense of Obama Guidelines on Transgender Students

    02/12/2017 2:40:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2017 | LIAM STACK
    The Trump administration has dropped the federal government’s challenge to a nationwide injunction issued last year that blocked the fulfillment of Obama administration guidelines stating that transgender students’ access to bathrooms and other gender-segregated school facilities was protected under existing federal civil rights law. The injunction was issued in August by Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas as part of a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states over the Obama administration’s position that Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, protects transgender students. Under that interpretation,...
  • Trump signs executive orders to boost public safety, reduce drug trafficking

    02/09/2017 9:36:59 AM PST · by catnipman · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/9/2017 | Gabby Morrongiello
    President Trump issued a trio of executive orders geared toward crime and public safety. The orders were issued immediately after swearing in Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General on Thursday
  • Elizabeth Warren For President!

    02/09/2017 6:45:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/9/17 | John Hinderacker
    Scott has been mischievously promoting Keith Ellison to head the DNC. In the same spirit, I enthusiastically endorse Elizabeth Warren as the new face of the Democratic Party. The consensus is that Mitch McConnell’s “silencing” of Warren–we can only dream!–per Senate Rule 19 was a mistake because it cemented Warren’s role as the Democrats’ most visible spokesman. But let’s look on the bright side: Warren combines Hillary Clinton’s likability with Bernie Sanders’ sensible policy prescriptions, and adds to the mix her own unique dishonesty and hypocrisy.Warren’s attack on Jeff Sessions was dishonest. She knows he is no racist. The Young...
  • Sessions sworn in as attorney general

    02/09/2017 9:01:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 9, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    After a bitter confirmation battle, Jeff Sessions was sworn in Thursday as attorney general at an Oval Office ceremony attended by President Trump. The president said that Mr. Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and Alabama attorney general who resigned form the U.S. Senate to become the country’s top law enforcement officer, had “devoted his life to the cause of justice and believes deeply that all people are equals in the eyes of the law.” The swearing-in capped a brutal confirmation in which Senate Democrats and liberal activists accused Mr. Sessions of being a racist, sexist and homophobic.
  • Project Safe Childhood (U.S. Department of Justice stopping child exploitation)

    02/09/2017 11:06:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | Updated April 19, 2016 | U.S. Department of Justice
    Project Safe Childhood is the Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children. The threat of sexual predators soliciting children for physical sexual contact is well-known and serious. The danger of perpetrators who produce, distribute and possess child pornography is equally dramatic and disturbing. There is often an international dimension to these crimes – for example, some offenders travel to victimize children outside of the United States or view live video streams (in addition to recorded still and video images) of children being abused in foreign countries. The...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL, Feb. 9, 2017 [prayer]

    02/09/2017 8:38:09 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 57 replies
    APV prayer team ^ | 2/9/17 | Albion Wilde
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Today's prayer vigil is for newly-confirmed Attorney General of the United States, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.
  • Federal Judges Express Skepticism About Trump Travel Ban

    02/07/2017 4:49:44 PM PST · by Steelfish · 81 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 7, 2017
    Federal Judges Express Skepticism About Trump Travel Ban SUDHIN THANAWALA, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A panel of appeals court judges reviewing President Donald Trump's travel ban hammered away Tuesday at the federal government's arguments that the states cannot challenge the order. The hearing before the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges was the greatest legal challenge yet to the ban, which has upended travel to the U.S. for more than a week and tested the new administration's use of executive power. The government asked the court to restore Trump's order, contending that the president alone has the power...
  • Vanity: Life for a Policing Under a DOJ Consent Decree

    02/06/2017 7:06:50 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 4 replies
    I spoke at length with someone about policing in a city under a DOJ consent decree. Obama had the DOJ sue dozens of police departments over various 'discrimination and abuse' claims. Any disparity to Democrats = racism. So if more African-Americans are stopped and frisked or arrested and convicted of crimes, that's due to institutional racism of the police force. The DOJ sues and rather than spend millions battling the municipality hands over control of the police to the DOJ/liberal judges. What are some of the typical changes? 1. Any interaction with the public requires some type of report. They...
  • Justice Dept. lawyers say Trump has power to block foreign visitors

    02/06/2017 4:47:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 6, 2017 | Andrea Noble & Stephen Dinan
    President Trump’s extreme vetting policy is a temporary, legal and smart use of his national security and immigration powers, the Justice Department said in its legal defense, filed Monday evening, that argues the courts are meddling with the separation of powers. The administration’s lawyers are asking an appeals court to lift a lower judge’s restraining order that has defanged most of Mr. Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order imposing the new vetting policy. The lawyers said immigration law gives Mr. Trump expansive powers to decide whom to let into the U.S. and whom to block, and said that while people who...
  • Loretta Lynch’s Final Order Allows The NSA To Give Spying Data To Other Federal Agencies

    02/06/2017 7:05:52 AM PST · by gaggs · 28 replies
    Just days before leaving office Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order to allow any branch of government, including local law enforcement, access to the NSA’s data mine on the American people. She created a mechanism by which the Fourth Amendment can be circumvented by law enforcement agencies of any type and description, foreign and domestic, in the area of digital information.
  • Byron York: Justice Department demolishes case against Trump order

    02/05/2017 8:11:52 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5, 2017 | Byron York
    James Robart, the U.S. district judge in Washington State, offered little explanation for his decision to stop President Trump's executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terror-plagued countries. Robart simply declared his belief that Washington State, which in its lawsuit against Trump argued that the order is both illegal and unconstitutional, would likely win the case when it is tried. Beginning with the big picture, the Justice Department argued that Robart's restraining order violates the separation of powers, encroaches on the president's constitutional and legal authority in the areas of foreign affairs, national security, and immigration, and "second-guesses the...
  • DOJ Brief To 9th Cir On Travel Ban Injunction

    02/05/2017 11:39:25 AM PST · by Steelfish · 77 replies
  • Appeals Court Denies Justice Dept Motion to Lift Travel Ban Restraining Order [9th Rebuffs Trump]

    02/05/2017 12:58:56 AM PST · by Steelfish · 268 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 05, 2017
    Appeals Court Denies Justice Department's Motion to Lift Travel Ban Restraining Order By DEAN SCHABNER DAVID CAPLAN Feb 5, 2017 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit announced early Sunday morning that it has denied the Department of Justice's emergency motion -- filed late Saturday -- to issue an immediate stay on a Washington State judge's temporary restraining order of President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban. "The court has received appellants' emergency motion (Docket Entry No. 14)," read the order from the appeals court. "Appellants' request for an immediate administrative stay pending full consideration of the emergency motion...
  • DOJ appealing travel ban ruling

    02/04/2017 5:13:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 83 replies ^ | 2/4/17 | Laura Jarrett
    Washington (CNN)The Justice Department on Saturday moved to appeal a decision that temporarily halted enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban. The appeal concerns a late Friday decision by a US district court that halted the enforcement of Trump's executive order. Trump's policy banned travel to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, suspended all refugee entry to the US for 120 days and indefinitely suspended entry for Syrian refugees. A notice of appeal was sent Saturday night to the US district court, where Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, presides in Seattle.
  • White House: DOJ files emergency stay of court ruling halting immigration (FOX)

    02/04/2017 4:30:19 PM PST · by DOC44 · 101 replies
    Just now on FOX White House: DOJ files emergency stay of court ruling halting immigration
  • US Justice Department Formally Appeals Judge's Immigration Ruling

    02/04/2017 5:02:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/04/2017 | Justin Holcomb
    The U.S. Justice Department has formally filed an appeal regarding the court ruling from a federal judge in Washington who put a stay on President Donald Trump's executive order regarding immigration.
  • Justice Department to challenge judge's halt of travel ban

    02/03/2017 9:36:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 12:02 AM ET, Sat February 4, 2017 | Laura Jarrett, Eli Watkins and Rene Marsh
    The White House is preparing to fight for President Donald Trump’s immigration order after a federal judge on Friday halted it nationwide. A chaotic night set up the nation for a second straight weekend of widespread uncertainty over the controversial ban, this time with the administration on defense. Federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Washington state, temporarily stopped the order. US Customs and Border Protection then alerted airlines the US government would quickly begin reinstating visas that were previously canceled, and CBP advised airlines that refugees that are in possession of US visas will...
  • Preet Bharara to question Mayor de Blasio over City Hall corruption

    02/01/2017 8:59:18 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/27/2017 | Chris Perez
    Things are starting to get real for Mayor de Blasio. First the mayor was questioned for nearly two hours by Manhattan prosecutors over his fund-raising for state Senate elections — and now Hizzoner has agreed to talk to the feds because he wants to convince them to stop investigating him for possible corruption at City Hall, it was reported Friday.
  • LIVE STREAM: Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Jeff Sessions...

    01/31/2017 7:07:31 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 100 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 31, 2017 | Entertainment News Gaming
    Started streaming 49 minutes ago LIVE STREAM: Senate Judiciary Committee votes on Jeff Sessions nomination to be Attorney General The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is expected to approve President Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to become attorney general, sending the matter to the full Senate. But the morning hearing is likely to last hours as Democratic senators speak out against Sessions and criticize the president’s executive actions on immigration!
  • (YouTube - History) Sally Yates Confirmation Hearing

    01/31/2017 5:43:31 AM PST · by Oz8509338511 · 43 replies
    Ms Yates has a change of heart and therefore should simply retire or resign. If not she should be fired for refusing a lawful order or make a public argument why she has decided that she can't obey a lawful order oh wait maybe she should be reassigned to another position that does not require her to follow what she believes to be an unlawful order
  • Trump fires acting attorney general after she defies him on immigration ban

    01/30/2017 8:12:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 96 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 30, 2017 | Mark Abadi
    President Donald Trump fired acting US Attorney General Sally Yates after she defied him on his controversial executive order on immigrants and refugees, according to a statement White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued Monday night. "The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the statement read in part. Trump named Dana Boente, a US district attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in Yates's place until the president's attorney general appointee Jeff Sessions is confirmed. Earlier Monday,...
  • Harry Reid: Comey may have violated the Hatch Act

    10/30/2016 7:25:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 7:01 PM ET, Sun October 30, 2016 | Caroline Kenny
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that FBI Director James Comey may have violated the Hatch Act, barring political activity by federal employees, through a late election season letter to Congress about the scope of the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email service as secretary of state. Comey’s letter on Friday to congressional committee chairs said the FBI is reviewing newly discovered emails that might be linked to Clinton's private server. The new emails were found several weeks ago, law enforcement officials told CNN Sunday, but the FBI did not disclose them until Friday. The timing raises...
  • President Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Yates, Replaces With Dana Boente…

    01/30/2017 6:41:02 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 103 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 30, 2017 | Sundance
    REAKING: President Donald Trump has fired Obama appointee, and acting Attorney General, Sally Yates for refusing to enforce a legal order. Yates has been replaced with Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA who will now act as Attorney General until nominee Senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed.
  • Acting Attorney General Orders Justice Dept. Not to Defend Refugee Ban

    01/30/2017 3:48:13 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 176 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 1/30/2017 | Mario Apuzzo and Eric Lichtblau
    WASHINGTON — Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, a holdover from the Obama administration, ordered the Justice Department on Monday not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration in court. “I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful.”
  • Sessions Promises to ‘Properly Enforce’ Current Gun Laws, Endorses NRA-Backed Project Exile

    01/27/2017 7:02:12 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    Sessions Promises to ‘Properly Enforce’ Current Gun Laws, Endorses NRA-Backed Project Exile Stephen Gutowski January 10, 2017 Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said Tuesday he would prosecute gun crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction during his confirmation hearing for attorney general. Sessions’ views on gun crime prosecutions were made clear during an exchange between him and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas). Cornyn framed the question in terms of violence against police and gun violence against minority communities. He specifically focused on gun crimes committed by felons who were already prohibited from possessing firearms. “We ought to hold our police and...
  • Trump considers executive order on voter fraud

    01/25/2017 4:26:35 PM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 25, 2017 | Dan Merica, Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta,
    President Donald Trump could sign an executive order or presidential memorandum initiating an investigation into voter fraud as early as Thursday, a senior administration official tells CNN. The investigation would be carried out through the Department of Justice. The move would expand on Trump's interest in the unproven claims he has made since November's election alleging millions of illegal votes were cast, without citing any evidence. "I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and ... even, those registered to vote who are dead (and...
  • Judge Hanen Ruling – Allowing Obama DOJ To Exit Nervously

    01/24/2017 6:15:36 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 33 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 24 2017 | Sundance
    I can’t speak highly enough of Judge Andrew Hanen. He stood alone in the gap, steadfast, against the entire weaponized Obama DOJ and White House apparatus… Backstory HERE – and HERE – and HERE – and HERE After a three-year-long Mexican standoff – today Judge Hanen rears righteously back in his chair, launches a well-chewed batch of tobaccy into the spittoon next to the swinging doors of the saloon, and deliberately says ‘git out‘…. The twitchy DOJ lawyers stumble all over themselves as they clamor desperately backwards for the exit. [page 7] Nevertheless, two important factors have arisen since the...
  • Weekly Update: Two Federal Judges Take Action on Emails

    01/23/2017 12:59:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 23, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    New Email Action by Court As Obama Leave Office Federal Court Orders Top Obama DHS Officials To Preserve Emails Clinton Email Benghazi Lawsuit Heats Up New Email Action by Court As Obama Leave Office It is likely when you receive this email, our nation will have a new president, Donald Trump. Judicial Watch wishes the new president all the best and hope he brings with him a respect for the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution – a respect sorely lacking from the Oval Office’s previous occupant. One of the Obama’s legacy of lawlessness are the pending Judicial...
  • Under Trump, Approach to Civil Rights Law Is Likely to Change Definitively (thank goodness)

    01/19/2017 5:35:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 19, 2017 | MATT APUZZO
    Washington — In the final weeks of the Obama administration, the Justice Department won the first hate-crime case involving a transgender victim and sued two cities for blocking mosques from opening. Prosecutors settled lending-discrimination charges with two banks, then sued a third. They filed legal briefs on behalf of New York teenagers being held in solitary confinement, and accused Louisiana of forcing mentally ill patients into nursing homes. And then, with days remaining, prosecutors announced a deal to overhaul Baltimore’s Police Department and accused Chicago of unconstitutional police abuses. The moves capped a historic and sometimes controversial eight-year span in...
  • Restoring justice

    01/17/2017 6:40:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 15, 2017 | Robert Knight
    Restoring justice When Sen. Sessions takes the reins, justice can return to the Justice Department By Robert Knight - - Sunday, January 15, 2017 ANALYSIS/OPINION: Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general. Year after year, they rubber stamped whatever the Obama administration wanted to do, legally or otherwise. So it was an eye-roller when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, announced Thursday why he was going to vote against fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. attorney general: “I am not confident in Sen....
  • “Statistical Evidence Not Required” (Heather MacDonald on DOJ and Chicago Police)

    01/17/2017 4:44:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies ^ | Heather MacDonald
    The most important statement in the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required” for a “pattern or practice” finding, the DOJ lawyers announce, citing unrelated court precedent. Nor is there “a specific number of incidents” required to constitute...
  • When Sen. Sessions takes the reins, justice can return to the Justice Department

    01/15/2017 5:54:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | Robert Knight
    Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general. Year after year, they rubber stamped whatever the Obama administration wanted to do, legally or otherwise. ... The attorney general, who heads the Justice Department, takes an oath to enforce federal laws and uphold the Constitution. We’re at the tail end of an administration in which the highest legal office in the land was weaponized along racial lines and openly attacked laws that the progressive left disliked, such as the federal Defense of Marriage Act and state voter ID...
  • DOJ Inspector General to Investigate FBI’s Handling of Email Scandal

    01/13/2017 6:03:40 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/13/17 | ANDREW BENJAMIN
    Justice Department and all other Federal agencies must be purged of all political appointees - and their appointees. That, President Trump, is what Draining the Swamp really means! NY POST: “In a startling move, the Justice Department announced Thursday that it is looking into how the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and whether FBI Director James Comey violated procedures by discussing the bureau’s findings before the presidential election.
  • Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

    01/13/2017 8:24:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 11:14 AM EST | Michael Tarm and Don Babwin
    Institutional problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday. The Justice Department launched its investigation of the 12,000-officer force — one of the nation’s largest — in December 2015 following the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer shoot a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, 16 times as he walked away holding a small, folded knife. The video of the 2014 shooting, which the city fought to keep from being...
  • Chicago Police Accused of ABUSE

    01/13/2017 8:15:33 AM PST · by Oz8509338511 · 40 replies
    Today | US Attorney General
    US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces findings of investigation into policy and practice of Chicago Police
  • The Real Reason for the Left’s All-Out Assault on Jeff Sessions

    01/12/2017 7:31:18 AM PST · by detective · 31 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 11, 2017 | J. Christian Adams
    Observers of this week’s confirmation hearings for the post of U.S. attorney general might think it odd to see Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., rewind the clock to a single voter fraud case from the 1980s. Under persistent questioning, Sessions has had to defend his decision to prosecute a case of brazen voter fraud—something that was his job to do. The repeated references to this case by some senators represent just how far the civil rights industry has swerved from its honorable roots to derail a confirmation. Character assassination, false testimony, performance protests aimed at securing retweets instead of reconciliation, and...
  • Federal judge who pushed rights of prisoners, gays retiring [Thelton Henderson]

    01/11/2017 12:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2017 7:48 PM EST | Sudhin Thanawala
    A federal judge who lost his job as a Justice Department attorney after loaning his car to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and then pushed for gay rights, police reform and health care for prisoners during his time on the bench is retiring. More than five decades ago, Thelton Henderson became the first African-American attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division — a position that brought him close to King and other civil rights leaders. Henderson later went into private practice and served as a dean at Stanford Law School before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to...
  • Jeff Sessions COMMENTS Trump Attorney General Pick Confirmation Hearing - 1/10/17

    01/10/2017 9:02:03 AM PST · by malvor · 79 replies
    January 10, 2017 - Jeff Sessions Trump Attorney General Pick Speaking at Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing
  • MTV Host Mocks Jeff Sessions’ Asian Grandchildren

    01/10/2017 9:38:53 AM PST · by grundle · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2017 | Kevin Daley
    Ira Madison III, an MTV News culture writer and host, mocked Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American grandchildren on Twitter Tuesday morning. Sessions appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday to give testimony in connection with his nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as attorney general. Sessions was accompanied by many members of his family, including his four Asian-American grandchildren. The senator’s daughter, Ruth Sessions Walk, is married to John Walk, an Asian-American man. Madison accused Sessions of stealing his grandchildren from Toys “R” Us for the hearing. He went on to call his grandchildren a “prop,” brought...
  • The Star Witness On Sessions’ ‘Racism’ Has Deeply Troubled History

    01/10/2017 10:03:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-10-2017 | KEVIN DALEY
    Thomas Figures, an assistant U.S. attorney whose accusations of racial bias torpedoed Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination to the federal bench in 1986, had a history of erratic and disturbed behavior, colleagues and estranged family say. New sworn statements obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation given by former colleagues allege Figures, who died in 2015, was a paranoid figure who, among other things, believed "CBS Evening News" anchor Dan Rather was communicating with him through his television. An office loner with a flair for confrontation, Figures was later indicted by federal authorities for attempting to bribe a witness. 30 years...
  • Has the BATF/DOJ Destroyed the Fast & Furious Files?

    01/10/2017 10:12:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Self | January 10, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    In just 10 days a new administration takes over the executive branch of government. Among the agencies to be taken over will be the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF). Will the infamous Operation & Furious documents be available to the newcomers or has the current BATF already destroyed those files? Ditto for the Department of Justice.
  • Chicago out of Control

    01/08/2017 8:43:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/8/17 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Hello America. Will someone, somewhere out there please pick up the phone and do something, anything, about Chicago, NOW? "The city is in CRISIS," repeat CRISIS, says former Police Commander Garry McCarthy who warns that Chicago is fast approaching a State of Lawlessness! His remarks, for a CBS "60 Minutes" feature which aired last Sunday, take on even more force as McCarthy was fired over visual reaction to a black man being shot. But the current commander, Kevin Duffin, said the kidnapping and torture of a helpless, young, special needs white man took place merely because "Kids Make Stupid Decisions."...
  • Al Sharpton: Sessions as attorney general 'a nightmare'

    01/07/2017 2:47:22 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 6, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    The Rev. Al Sharpton says Americans cannot afford Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) serving as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. “To have Sen. Sessions as attorney general is a nightmare we cannot wake up from,” he said during a Friday press call with other civil rights leaders, according to the Washington Examiner. The NAACP’s president, meanwhile, said his organization mainly opposes Sessions over his record on voting rights.
  • New Maricopa County sheriff takes oath in public ceremony

    01/05/2017 7:21:38 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 1/5/2017 | unknown
    I look forward to working with the ACLU. I look forward to working with the DOJ on the monitors and getting everybody on the same page so this community can be in a better place."
  • Trump seen likely to tap Fil-Am lawyer to be next SolGen (Kellyanne's husband)

    01/03/2017 11:57:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manila Bulletin ^ | January 4, 2017
    George Conway, a Filipino American corporate lawyer and husband to US President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, is being eyed as the next solicitor general of America. Bloomberg and CNN both reported that Conway is on the shortlist of candidates being considered for the third-highest post in the US Justice Department. If Trump appoints Conway to the post, the corporate lawyer will become the first Asian-American solicitor general. While Conway has yet to comment on the matter, CNN reported that he is likely accept the position once Trump himself taps him to be the US government’s top appellate lawyer....
  • Victoria Toensing: Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, is a good and decent man

    01/03/2017 4:07:46 AM PST · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 3, 2017 | Victoria Toensing
    Once again a good and decent man is being maligned. Sen. Jeff Sessions, nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be U.S. attorney general, is that man. Democrats and the Left, just as they did 30 years ago when Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship, are trying to derail his nomination — with false accusations. In 1986, the Democrats trotted out J. Gerald Hebert, a U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division lawyer. Hebert made headlines when he testified under oath during the public Senate hearing. The major accusation against Sessions, who was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of...
  • Justice Department declines to prosecute VA employees who defrauded $400k, and who still have jobs

    12/30/2016 6:02:00 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 12/30/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    A pair of Department of Veterans Affairs officials who defrauded the VA for $400,000 will not face any criminal charges, despite an inspector general's request that they both face a criminal investigation. In an inspector general report made public in September, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were both accused of manipulating a VA program meant to ease the strain of moving agency employees between cities. The watchdog referred the matter to the Department of Justice for a criminal inquiry. But prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia ruled against pursuing charges late last week, the Houston...