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Op-Ed: DOJ crackdown on marijuana is more of a vendetta than justice

Trump's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by DOJ chief Jeff Sessions is expected to release a report in the next few days that may link marijuana use to violent crime, with recommendations for tougher sentences for its sale or use.

Acting attorney general to DOJ: Don't defend Trump refugee ban

Washington - The acting U.S. attorney general, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, ordered the Justice Department on Monday not to defend President Donald Trump's highly controversial and possibly unlawful ban on people from seven Muslim nations.

JPMorgan settles FCPA charges by paying $264 million

After a three-years probe for alleged corruption, fraud and violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay a $264 million total settlement.

Aetna warned it would cut Obamacare if Humana deal was blocked

Aetna announced on Monday that it was pulling out of the government-run health exchanges in 11 states, citing financial losses. But a letter written in July, warning of the pullout has now come to light.

Justice Department sues city of Ferguson to push police reform

Ferguson - The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, because the City Council tried to amend a deal with the DOJ that would have enacted changes in its policing and court practices.

DOJ seizes the largest illegal music-sharing site in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice has seized control of Sharebeast, the popular music filesharing site. Sharebeast.com was the largest illegal filesharing site for music operating within the U.S., according to the RIAA.

DOJ and 'Sheriff Joe' reach settlement over discrimination case

Phoenix - On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had reached a settlement with Arizona's Maricopa County, and Sheriff, Joseph Arpaio, also known as "Sheriff Joe," in a lawsuit alleging discrimination, and unlawful detention of Hispanics.

BP agrees to settle claims from 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

New Orleans - Oil giant BP Plc has agreed to pay nearly $19 billion in penalties to U.S. and state agencies to resolve claims still outstanding from a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 and ravaged the southern U.S. coastline.

FBI seeks wider warrant powers - Google says, 'No!'

The news is, on the last day of public hearings, Google charged that expanded FBI cyber-search warrant power gives the Bureau free reign to violate search and seizure protections and privacy rights through the "practice of covert entry warrants."

ExxonMobile to pay $1.4 million after 2012 pipeline spill

The Department of Justice announced today that ExxonMobile Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for its alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 Northline crude oil spill in Louisiana.

Texas Gov. Perry will not comply with law to curb prison rape

Austin - When a federal law designed to reduce prison rape goes into effect next month, Texas won't be participating, said Governor Rick Perry in a recent letter to the U.S. attorney general.

Op-Ed: What happens to WikiLeaks matters to everyone

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has said it will not bring charges against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. Those who believe the DOJ statement are in the minority. That says something very important about the Department’s standing.

63 Police officers suspended in shooting of unarmed man and woman

Cleveland - Thirteen officers fired over 130 rounds at two unarmed passengers after mistaking a backfiring car for gunshots, in what some say was a racially motivated shooting.

Op-Ed: Conservative attorney may be recent-target of administration

Conservative attorney may the latest but not the last victim of a corrupt liberal administration. Attacking on all levels, in order to secure the destruction of careers, lives, and country.

Op-Ed: Apple guilty in conspiracy verdict over e-book prices

New York - In what may or may not come as a surprise to e-book readers, Apple has been found guilty of illegally conspiring with book publishers to raise the price of e-books. The case was raised by the Department of Justice, and the fallout is just starting.

Op-Ed: What creates a political activist? Special

I had to know what it takes to create a political activist. Twitter is an amazing social network and it's where I ran into Diane Atkins, organizer for the Impeach Obama project, someone I suspected was a firebrand, I was right. Native New Yorker to boot!

Obama criticism 'offensive,' but Benghazi is not Paris

Washington - Making the Sunday morning press circuits, White House insider Dan Pfeiffer condemned GOP criticisms of President Obama as "offensive" and "absurd," while Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) insisted on a need for greater embassy security.

Chief Justice's credit card theft sparks renewed consumer caution Special

The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts recently revealed that he was the victim of credit card information theft.

Op-Ed: The United States Government Shakedown Continues

If financial institutions did handle finance, now they seem to practice law. And if regulators once did regulation, now they seem to raise capital.

Op-Ed: Are America's liberals principled on president's drones policy?

Washington - As U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle urge heightened oversight over President Barack Obama’s use of unmanned drones to kill Americans who are suspected of being terrorists, there are a number of liberals defending this action.

Anonymous plans OpAngel, a DOJ protest in honor of Aaron Swartz

Washington - Members of the online activist community, as well as those who believe public information should be available to citizens for free, are joining together to stage protests against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) at 3:00 p.m. Friday.

Op-Ed: Merck Caught Again in Vaccine Fraud

Dr. Maurice Hilleman was, the leading vaccine pioneer in the history of vaccines. He developed more than three dozen vaccines—more than any other scientist in history—and was the developer of Merck's vaccine program.

Op-Ed: Bath Salt Epidemic in Canada & U.S.

Canadian and U.S. governments have known and reported on the dangers of bath salts for sometime, and yet the leaders of both countries have yet to address the problem or take action to make a difference.

911 calls here - Parents of Trayvon Martin seek help from the FBI

Sanford - On February 26, 2012, the Sanford Police Department received a telephone call from neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, a 28-year old self-appointed captain to the unregistered neighborhood watch group in the gated Sanford community.

Anonymous takes down CIA website

Anonymous, famous for targeting certain websites, especially since the SOPA/PIPA debacle, has now taken down the CIA website. The website is currently unavailable with an error 101.

Op-Ed: Full Tilt Poker RIP?

The sad saga of Full Tilt Poker drags on and on; although there is still a glimmer of hope for its resurrection, most realists accept that it is in effect dead and buried.

Sixteen arrested in Anonymous hacking investigation

Washington - The FBI announced today that they had conducted a series of raids in 10 states this morning resulting in the arrest of 16 individuals associated with the hacking group Anonymous. The investigation was related to the cyber-attack on PayPal's website.

DoJ spokesman resigns, says Manning treatment 'ridiculous'

Washington - Department of Justice spokesman PJ Crowley steps down after describing treatment of alleged whistleblower as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."

Op-Ed: DoJ connection to Chamber's Wikileaks plot deserves a closer look

The recent revelation of the Wikileaks plot and collusive smear campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is not surprising, but the implication of the U.S. Department of Justice is, and that warrants a closer look.

Bush Asks Three U.S. Attorneys To Step Down

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is asking three of New York's four federal prosecutors to step down, officials said Thursday. The lone Democratic appointee asked to remain is Manhattan's Mary Jo White, who is investigating pardons and commutations...
 

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