Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general’s office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.
Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.
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Time For Truth: (LA Times) – Secessionists formally launch quest for California's independence
Janet Reno, the strong-minded Florida prosecutor who was tapped by Bill Clinton to become the country’s first female attorney general and who shaped the U.S. government’s responses to the largest legal crises of the 1990s, died Nov. 7 at her home in Miami. She was 78.
The cause was complications from Parkinson’s disease, her goddaughter, Gabrielle D’Alemberte, told the Associated Press. Ms. Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995, while she was attorney general.
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Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – Janet Reno, former U.S. attorney general, dies at 78
A Department of Justice official who notified Congress Monday that the agency would “dedicate all necessary resources” to the reopened Hillary Clinton email investigation has a close relationship with campaign chair John Podesta, hacked emails show.
Peter Kadzik, assistant attorney general, sent his son to seek a job on the Clinton campaign given his personal relationship with Podesta. He was invited to a small birthday gathering for Podesta’s lobbyist brother last year. Kadzik also dined with Podesta at his home in January, when the first FBI probe was well underway.
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Time For Truth: (Washington Examiner) – Emails show Justice Department official overseeing Clinton probe has close ties to Podesta
The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.”
“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Yates wrote.
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Time For Truth: (Washington Post) – Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
During the five-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch steadfastly refused to substantively answer any questions about the facts or law applicable to Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of her emails while Secretary of State, at least 74 times by one Congressman’s count.
Instead, she referred all such questions to FBI Director James Comey’s recent statement and testimony while carefully avoiding agreeing with any of his critical findings that Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling the classified emails and that many of her public statements regarding the classified nature and disposition of those emails were false.