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Presidential election results in turnover in Oklahoma US Attorneys

Donald Trump flanked by VP Mike Pence and DHS Secretary John Kelly Image source U.S. Department of Homeland Security Flickr
Craig Ferguson | 16 March, 2017, 00:45

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Wednesday that his view of marijuana is much more negative than that of his predecessor, Loretta Lynch, saying that the drug that has been legalized to some extent in dozens of states is "only slightly less awful" than heroin.

Sessions said he helped orchestrate a similar program called Project Trigger Lock when he was a federal prosecutor in Mobile, Alabama, during the height of the drug war in the 1980s and '90s. "Lives are at stake, and we're not going to worry about being fashionable".

After his speech, Sessions told reporters he was "dubious" of medical marijuana in general. "But at the same time, we also stand in solidarity with the various people who are very threatened by this administration".

But if Sessions wants to educate Americans on "the awful truth" about drugs, he should probably start with himself.

"[Sessions is] seeking to divide us", says Nia Ventall, an employee of Planned Parenthood who joined the protesters.

Coats said the only time he can remember mass resignations being requested in the past was when Bill Clinton was elected and the US attorneys were informed during the transition period that they were being asked to step down.

GOP senator warns healthcare bill could put House majority at risk
Of an estimated 125,000 transgender Texans, only about 500 have changed the sex listed on their birth certificates, Garcia said. The Texas Association of Business released an open letter Tuesday, revising the negative economic impact this bill would have.

S. Korea's Park in the doghouse over abandoned pooches
The team plans to look into whether other local conglomerates, including SK, Lotte and CJ, also bribed Park. After leaving the Blue House on Sunday, Park expressed defiance about the corruption allegations.

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He said drivers should drive slowly and cautiously, especially around plow trucks. Officials are urging residents to make sure that they have emergency supplies.

As adults, some black and Latino youths who grew up in the "Just Say No" era were likelier to encounter the criminal justice system. When Trump's own Attorney General is telling reporters that he didn't give the President the idea that Obama wiretapped him, it is clear signal that even his own administration is trying to run away from the insane.

"Murder rates are half of what they were in 1980".

During Project Exile's first year, Richmond homicides declined 33 percent and armed robberies declined 30 percent.

"It's far from clear that Project Exile produced any of the benefits supporters attribute to it", said Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, in an interview.

Other topics Sessions discussed during his speech included introducing a Justice Department task force on crime reduction and public safety, and stepping up prosecution for gun crimes and drug users. "There is no excuse for this", Sessions said.

The seemingly abrupt about-face Friday left the affected US attorneys scrambling to brief the people left behind and say goodbye to colleagues.

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