“Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Let Washington, Colorado Marijuana Laws Go Into Effect”


HUFFINGTON POST

WASHINGTON — The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney General Eric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.

A Justice Department official said that Holder told the governors in a joint phone call early Thursday afternoon that the department would take a “trust but verify approach” to the state laws. DOJ is reserving its right to file a preemption lawsuit at a later date, since the states’ regulation of marijuana is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

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“A Bad Relationship: How the Press Came To Love Obama More Than Itself”


THE DAILY BEAST

By Stuart Stevens

In Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, the lead character is struck with amnesia, unable to remember critical events even as he’s trying to save the world. Let’s borrow that useful plot device and imagine if American journalists woke up and couldn’t remember who was president. It would be interesting to ask them a few questions:

"Some have suggested that that these are difficult days for the administration, but I think not... It’s as if the administration is playing a game to see just how far they can push their true believers in the press corps before some semblance of self-respect emerges and they push back." (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)
“Some have suggested that that these are difficult days for the administration, but I think not… It’s as if the administration is playing a game to see just how far they can push their true believers in the press corps before some semblance of self-respect emerges and they push back.” (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

What would you think of a president under whom the IRS targeted his harshest political opponents, during his reelection campaign?

What would you think of a president whose obsession with leaks and secrecy was so great that he used the Justice Department to obtain phone records of reporters, in violation of Justice’s established procedure?

What would you think of a president whose head of the Department of Justice signed a criminal warrant against a leading journalist working for the news organization most critical of the president—and monitored the movements of the journalist and even went after his mother’s phone records?

What would you think of an administration that directed the president’s press secretary repeatedly to deliver false information concerning the death of an American ambassador?

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Official to testify on ‘Fast and Furious’ report, which slaps 14 at Justice, ATF


From Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

Washington (CNN) — The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, whose office published the report on the botched gun probe “Operation Fast and Furious,” will testify Thursday before a House oversight committee a day after the report’s release.

More than a dozen officials at the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are potentially facing punishment in the wake of the report.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is in charge of identifying and preventing “waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct” at the Department of Justice, which oversees ATF.

While pinning the blame on officials in both Washington and Arizona for allowing guns traced in the operation to “walk” to drug cartels in Mexico, the report by the inspector’s office also takes pressure off U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whom the House, in a largely partisan vote, had cited for contempt of Congress.

According to the report, titled “A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters,” Holder’s subordinates had not properly informed him in a timely manner.

Holder “did not learn about Operation Fast and Furious until late January or early February 2011,” the report said.  FULL ARTICLE

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RE: Trayvon Martin – Please sign the petition


Our son didn’t deserve to die.  Trayvon Martin was just 17 years old when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon wasn’t doing anything besides walking home with a bag of Skittles and some iced teain his hands.What makes Trayvon’s death so much harder is knowing that the man who confessed to killing him, George Zimmerman, still hasn’t been charged for Trayvon’s killing.That’s why we started a petition on Change.org calling for Zimmerman’s prosecution and trial. We aren’t looking for revenge, we’re looking for justice — the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason.

Click here to join 900,000 people who have already signed our petition calling for justice for our son Trayvon.

No family should ever have to go through this nightmare. The law should protect everyone, regardless of where they live, how much money they make, or what color their skin is.

With our petition at 900,000 signers so far, we’ve made important progress toward making some sense out of what happened. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate Trayvon’s death, and so will the FBI and Department of Justice.

But Trayvon’s killer is still free. The surest path to justice runs through Sanford, Florida, and through the office of State’s Attorney Norman Wolfinger, who is responsible for bringing charges against Zimmerman. With your help, we believe he’ll have no choice but to give Trayvon and his killer their days in court.

Please sign our petition calling on Florida authorities to prosecute our son’s confessed killer.

Thank you so much.

– Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton