Mar 13, 2014, 11:09 am EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing for reduced drug sentences for non-violent offenders.
Eric Holder is set to show his support for reduced drug sentences for traffickers that aren’t violent to the U.S. Sentencing Commission today. He is expected to talk about other programs that could be used as punishment, such as community service. Holder also claims that heavy sentences only serve to increase financial, moral and human cost, reports the Associated Press.
Eric Holder’s suggestions for new drug sentences could lower the average sentence for drug trafficking from 62 months to 51 months. Read
Mar 12, 2014, 10:02 am EDT
President Obama is directing the Labor Department to revise its policies so that companies must pay more overtime to millions of workers — a move designed to push back against stagnant worker pay.
The president will make the executive request on Thursday. Read
Mar 11, 2014, 2:50 pm EDT
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of spying on the Senate.
She’s saying that the CIA searched Senate committee computers without any prior notification. The agency allegedly tapped into files that aides were using to securely review CIA documents on its secret detention program.
“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the U.S. Constitution,” Dianne Feinstein said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. Read
Mar 11, 2014, 2:32 pm EDT
Zach Galifianakis has interviewed everyone from Justin Bieber to Bruce Willis in his Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns.
In the latest installment of the show, Galifianakis stepped up his game and interviewed President Obama. The video runs just over six minutes and it’s just as hilarious as the rest of the Between Two Ferns episodes.
Much like some of the other celebrities, Obama pokes fun at Galifianakis in order to upset him. Although everything is scripted, the faux interview is one of the funniest skits, featuring the president’s lighter side. Read
Mar 11, 2014, 2:18 pm EDT
Sharyl Attkisson is resigning from CBS News over what she considers to be a liberal bias by the network.
The Republican reporter had been talking to the network about getting out of her contract since last April and they finally granted her wish. Attkisson said that she no longer felt supported by CBS News after two decades with the network.
She says that CBS News’ liberal bias along with “the outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting” led to her decision. Read
Mar 11, 2014, 10:44 am EDT
Marijuana taxes brought Colorado $2 million in January.
The amount of marijuana sold for recreational use in January totaled up to $14.02 million. The $2 million in taxes comes from both a 12.9% sales tax and a 15% excise tax. Local government has the ability to levy marijuana taxes, which would affect 160 legal marijuana shops, reports Fox News.
State officials are working to dictate how the money from the marijuana taxes will be spent. Officials are already planning to spend the first $40 million for school construction. Other options include using some of the money to fund PSAs warning kids not to take the drug or drive while high, Fox News notes. Read