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Release of Nonviolent Drug Offenders Helps Bring U.S. Prison Population to 12-Year Low

The nation’s jail and prison population decreased in 2015, and the number of adults locked up or on parole or probation fell to a level not seen since 2002 while overall crime continued to drop. Reasons for the declining incarceration rates include the federal prison system releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders in 2015 and states seeking to save money by enacting legislation and policies to reduce prison populations. Total prison population: 1.5 million,the lowest level since 2005.   read more

Homeland Border Employees Took Millions in Bribes to Allow Massive Secret Influx of Illegal Drugs and Immigrants

Thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes. These employees have looked the other way as tons of drugs and thousands of unauthorized immigrants were smuggled into the U.S. They have illegally sold green cards, given sensitive information to drug cartels, and even arranged the attempted murder of an informant.   read more

Water Wars on Horizon as Trump-Emboldened Forces Target Clean Water Rules

When Trump takes office, Republican attorneys general will go from challenging Obama's most contentious policies in court to providing legal backup for Trump's agenda. And Democratic-run states are set to take the offensive, challenging Trump's efforts. Already, California Gov. Brown has warned he'll fight Trump if he tries to ditch Obama's global warming initiatives. "If Trump turns off the satellites," Brown said of climate monitoring, "California will launch its own damn satellite."   read more

“Impartial” Federal Science Panel Studying Biotechnology Found to Have Industry Ties

Critics say some panel members have financial ties to biotech businesses that could color the panel’s report, potentially giving short shrift to health and environmental worries. “Several members of this committee stand to benefit directly or indirectly from the rules and regulations their recommendations will help shape,” said FWW's Tim Schwab. “Nor does the committee include anyone who might advocate a more judicious approach to regulating the industry.”   read more

U.S. Retains Title of World’s Top Arms Dealer, Reaping Half of $80-Billion Global Sales in 2015

The U.S. again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar and far ahead of France, the No. 2 weapons dealer with $15 billion in sales. Developing nations continued to be the largest buyers of arms, with Qatar signing deals for more than $17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which agreed to buy almost $12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over $8 billion in weapons purchases.   read more

Trump’s Apparent Disregard for Nation’s Laws Raises Fears

From flag-burning to libel, from conflicts of interest to torture, Donald Trump has made comments that have suggested he was either unaware of the applicable laws or didn't care about them. "Nearly every president has probably done something that a court has later held unconstitutional or contrary to law,'' said prof. Karlan. ``But I can't think of one who had such an across-the-board combination of ignorance, indifference and defiance.'' Added prof. Rakove: “He's consistently uninformed."   read more

Chemical Safety Reforms Fall Victim to Political Roadblocks Engineered by U.S. Chemical Industry

The American chemical industry extols self-policing, raises terrorism fears to block the public's right to know and pours about $200 million into lobbying every year. The prevention of chemical disasters remains governed by a tattered patchwork of regulations administered by agencies that have neither the staff nor political support to enforce or improve upon them. And the public has been left largely in the dark about what goes on at facilities that might endanger their lives.   read more

U.S. Taxpayers Finance Development of New Cancer Drug while Drug Maker Reaps Profits

Defenders say the arrangement may bring patients a lifesaving treatment. Critics say taxpayers will end up paying twice for the same drug — once to support its development and again to buy it — while the company reaps the financial benefit. “If this was not a government-funded cancer treatment — if it was for a new solar technology, for example — it would be scandalous to think that some private investors are reaping massive profits off a taxpayer-funded invention,” said KEI's James Love.   read more

Obama Disrupts Trump’s Plan to Register Muslims by Dismantling Remains of Bush-Era Program

In the wake of Trump’s election, despite having lost the popular vote by more than any U.S. president in history, Schneiderman urged Obama to shutter the program. Responding to anxiety within the civil-rights community, Homeland Security published a plan Thursday to do just that. Trump’s team almost certainly had been eyeing its revival. “Perhaps we should have put the nail in that coffin many months ago,” rather than risk it falling into the hands of a “dangerous demagogue,” said CCR's Azmy.   read more

Obama Urged to Dismantle Post-9/11 Muslim Registry before Trump Can Reactivate It

Despite widespread outrage over Trump’s proposal for a Muslim registry, President Obama still has not dismantled the model created by his predecessor, George W. Bush. In a Trump administration, the program will be in the hands of a “dangerous demagogue,” Azmy said. “We can never allow our nation to return to the dark days of Japanese internment,” added Schneiderman. “By finally dismantling the NSEERS program now, President Obama can make a repeat of that horror significantly more difficult.”   read more

Small New Jersey Town Sues DuPont for $1.1 Billion over Alleged 100-Million-Pound Toxic Waste Dumping

A small town in New Jersey has sued DuPont for $1.1 billion, claiming it dumped more than 100 million lbs. of toxic waste into soil and water near the Delaware River, “a disaster worse than Exxon Valdez” that will take 1,000 years to clean up. The site has been linked to cancer clusters in the area. Thousands of New Jersey residents have sued DuPont for contaminating their drinking water. One such case was settled in 1993 for almost $40 million. In another case, DuPont paid $800 per household.   read more

U.S. House Report Calls for Changes in Rules for Secret Cell Phone Tracking by Nation’s Police

The surveillance devices have been broadly adopted by police and federal agencies. But it has raised Fourth Amendment concerns among privacy advocates for its ability to collect data on the targets as well as innocent bystanders. "...Absent proper oversight and safeguards, the domestic use of cell-site simulators may well infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as the right to free association," the report states.   read more

Trump’s Extensive Conflicts-of-Interest List Grows with Choice of Commerce Secretary

The Commerce Dept is slated to make no fewer than five decisions about steel trade soon after the inauguration which will directly affect businesses that Ross has a stake in. “His business contacts are deep and wide. Life could be very complicated for Wilbur Ross if he chooses to hang onto those interests,” said Schulzke. “It’s never happened that a Commerce secretary has been so directly involved in the fallout, and rewards, from previous trade deals,” said a former Treasury Dept official.   read more

Wealthy Americans May Get Hefty Tax Cut with Repeal of Obamacare

Republicans may be handing wealthy Americans a big tax cut by repealing Obamacare. The "repeal" part of the GOP promise would definitely have one-sided consequences, said researcher Gordon Mermin. "This is a change that helps high-income folks more than everyone else," he said. "People who currently get these premium tax credits are going to lose a lot." More than 8 million consumers could take a significant hit. They would lose financial assistance worth several thousand dollars.   read more

Group of U.S. Electors Demand Briefing from U.S. Intelligence on Russia Election Interference

When CIA said Russia likely sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump, 10 electors sent an unprecedented letter to Director of National Intelligence Clapper demanding a briefing. Their letter described the Electoral College as a deliberative body whose members have more than an "empty or formalistic task" to cast their votes. "There's been an attack on the integrity of the U.S.," said one elector. "As a person with a background in national security, I take that very seriously."   read more

Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

With the election of Donald Trump, there was immediate concern inside NASA about the future of the agency’s earth-science program. Within hours of Trump’s acceptance speech on Nov. 9, an internal email circulated within NASA acknowledging worry that “funding may now be exposed to severe reductions.” Trump's space policy advisor is pushing to take climate science out of NASA, and his NASA transition chief has strong skepticism about the severity of global warming.   read more
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Release of Nonviolent Drug Offenders Helps Bring U.S. Prison Population to 12-Year Low

The nation’s jail and prison population decreased in 2015, and the number of adults locked up or on parole or probation fell to a level not seen since 2002 while overall crime continued to drop. Reasons for the declining incarceration rates include the federal prison system releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders in 2015 and states seeking to save money by enacting legislation and policies to reduce prison populations. Total prison population: 1.5 million,the lowest level since 2005.   read more

Homeland Border Employees Took Millions in Bribes to Allow Massive Secret Influx of Illegal Drugs and Immigrants

Thousands of court records and internal agency documents showed that over the last 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes. These employees have looked the other way as tons of drugs and thousands of unauthorized immigrants were smuggled into the U.S. They have illegally sold green cards, given sensitive information to drug cartels, and even arranged the attempted murder of an informant.   read more

Water Wars on Horizon as Trump-Emboldened Forces Target Clean Water Rules

When Trump takes office, Republican attorneys general will go from challenging Obama's most contentious policies in court to providing legal backup for Trump's agenda. And Democratic-run states are set to take the offensive, challenging Trump's efforts. Already, California Gov. Brown has warned he'll fight Trump if he tries to ditch Obama's global warming initiatives. "If Trump turns off the satellites," Brown said of climate monitoring, "California will launch its own damn satellite."   read more

“Impartial” Federal Science Panel Studying Biotechnology Found to Have Industry Ties

Critics say some panel members have financial ties to biotech businesses that could color the panel’s report, potentially giving short shrift to health and environmental worries. “Several members of this committee stand to benefit directly or indirectly from the rules and regulations their recommendations will help shape,” said FWW's Tim Schwab. “Nor does the committee include anyone who might advocate a more judicious approach to regulating the industry.”   read more

U.S. Retains Title of World’s Top Arms Dealer, Reaping Half of $80-Billion Global Sales in 2015

The U.S. again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar and far ahead of France, the No. 2 weapons dealer with $15 billion in sales. Developing nations continued to be the largest buyers of arms, with Qatar signing deals for more than $17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which agreed to buy almost $12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over $8 billion in weapons purchases.   read more

Trump’s Apparent Disregard for Nation’s Laws Raises Fears

From flag-burning to libel, from conflicts of interest to torture, Donald Trump has made comments that have suggested he was either unaware of the applicable laws or didn't care about them. "Nearly every president has probably done something that a court has later held unconstitutional or contrary to law,'' said prof. Karlan. ``But I can't think of one who had such an across-the-board combination of ignorance, indifference and defiance.'' Added prof. Rakove: “He's consistently uninformed."   read more

Chemical Safety Reforms Fall Victim to Political Roadblocks Engineered by U.S. Chemical Industry

The American chemical industry extols self-policing, raises terrorism fears to block the public's right to know and pours about $200 million into lobbying every year. The prevention of chemical disasters remains governed by a tattered patchwork of regulations administered by agencies that have neither the staff nor political support to enforce or improve upon them. And the public has been left largely in the dark about what goes on at facilities that might endanger their lives.   read more

U.S. Taxpayers Finance Development of New Cancer Drug while Drug Maker Reaps Profits

Defenders say the arrangement may bring patients a lifesaving treatment. Critics say taxpayers will end up paying twice for the same drug — once to support its development and again to buy it — while the company reaps the financial benefit. “If this was not a government-funded cancer treatment — if it was for a new solar technology, for example — it would be scandalous to think that some private investors are reaping massive profits off a taxpayer-funded invention,” said KEI's James Love.   read more

Obama Disrupts Trump’s Plan to Register Muslims by Dismantling Remains of Bush-Era Program

In the wake of Trump’s election, despite having lost the popular vote by more than any U.S. president in history, Schneiderman urged Obama to shutter the program. Responding to anxiety within the civil-rights community, Homeland Security published a plan Thursday to do just that. Trump’s team almost certainly had been eyeing its revival. “Perhaps we should have put the nail in that coffin many months ago,” rather than risk it falling into the hands of a “dangerous demagogue,” said CCR's Azmy.   read more

Obama Urged to Dismantle Post-9/11 Muslim Registry before Trump Can Reactivate It

Despite widespread outrage over Trump’s proposal for a Muslim registry, President Obama still has not dismantled the model created by his predecessor, George W. Bush. In a Trump administration, the program will be in the hands of a “dangerous demagogue,” Azmy said. “We can never allow our nation to return to the dark days of Japanese internment,” added Schneiderman. “By finally dismantling the NSEERS program now, President Obama can make a repeat of that horror significantly more difficult.”   read more

Small New Jersey Town Sues DuPont for $1.1 Billion over Alleged 100-Million-Pound Toxic Waste Dumping

A small town in New Jersey has sued DuPont for $1.1 billion, claiming it dumped more than 100 million lbs. of toxic waste into soil and water near the Delaware River, “a disaster worse than Exxon Valdez” that will take 1,000 years to clean up. The site has been linked to cancer clusters in the area. Thousands of New Jersey residents have sued DuPont for contaminating their drinking water. One such case was settled in 1993 for almost $40 million. In another case, DuPont paid $800 per household.   read more

U.S. House Report Calls for Changes in Rules for Secret Cell Phone Tracking by Nation’s Police

The surveillance devices have been broadly adopted by police and federal agencies. But it has raised Fourth Amendment concerns among privacy advocates for its ability to collect data on the targets as well as innocent bystanders. "...Absent proper oversight and safeguards, the domestic use of cell-site simulators may well infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as the right to free association," the report states.   read more

Trump’s Extensive Conflicts-of-Interest List Grows with Choice of Commerce Secretary

The Commerce Dept is slated to make no fewer than five decisions about steel trade soon after the inauguration which will directly affect businesses that Ross has a stake in. “His business contacts are deep and wide. Life could be very complicated for Wilbur Ross if he chooses to hang onto those interests,” said Schulzke. “It’s never happened that a Commerce secretary has been so directly involved in the fallout, and rewards, from previous trade deals,” said a former Treasury Dept official.   read more

Wealthy Americans May Get Hefty Tax Cut with Repeal of Obamacare

Republicans may be handing wealthy Americans a big tax cut by repealing Obamacare. The "repeal" part of the GOP promise would definitely have one-sided consequences, said researcher Gordon Mermin. "This is a change that helps high-income folks more than everyone else," he said. "People who currently get these premium tax credits are going to lose a lot." More than 8 million consumers could take a significant hit. They would lose financial assistance worth several thousand dollars.   read more

Group of U.S. Electors Demand Briefing from U.S. Intelligence on Russia Election Interference

When CIA said Russia likely sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of Trump, 10 electors sent an unprecedented letter to Director of National Intelligence Clapper demanding a briefing. Their letter described the Electoral College as a deliberative body whose members have more than an "empty or formalistic task" to cast their votes. "There's been an attack on the integrity of the U.S.," said one elector. "As a person with a background in national security, I take that very seriously."   read more

Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

With the election of Donald Trump, there was immediate concern inside NASA about the future of the agency’s earth-science program. Within hours of Trump’s acceptance speech on Nov. 9, an internal email circulated within NASA acknowledging worry that “funding may now be exposed to severe reductions.” Trump's space policy advisor is pushing to take climate science out of NASA, and his NASA transition chief has strong skepticism about the severity of global warming.   read more
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