January 2018

Orange County Register: Stop the feds’ lawless asset forfeiture scam

Congressmen Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and Justin Amash, R-Mich., have reintroduced legislation to block the use of civil asset forfeiture funds to support the Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana eradication program.

The Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act is a laudable proposal to limit the federal government’s capacity to ramp up enforcement of what should be dealt with at the state level while also calling attention to the problem of civil asset forfeiture.

The Hill: Dem lawmaker: Classified memo is 'worse than a nothing burger'

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) of the House Judiciary Committee said the classified memo Republicans say indicates anti-Trump bias at the Department of Justice is "worse than a nothing burger.”

“It’s worse than a nothing burger, it’s like having nothing mustard,” Lieu told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. “There is factual inaccuracies, it’s misleading. If they’re going to release that memo, then they have to release the Democratic memo so that the public has a full view of actually what happened.”

REP LIEU LEADS LETTER OPPOSING OFFSHORE DRILLING IN CALIFORNIA

WASHINGTON – Today, California Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke opposing the Administration’s offshore drilling plan. The letter, which is signed by 36 Members of the California delegation, urges Sec. Zinke to remove California and other states from the plan citing his department’s rationale in exempting Florida.

REPS LIEU AND AMASH REINTRODUCE BILL TO CURB CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE FOR MARIJUANA SUPPRESSION

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) and Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) reintroduced the Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act. The bill would restrict civil asset forfeiture funds from being used for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication / Suppression Program. The bill would prohibit the transfer of property that would be used for cannabis eradication from a federal or state/local agency and ensures precious federal resources are not wasted on marijuana eradication. Reps.

The New Yorker: How the U.S. Is Making the War in Yemen Worse

Funerals in Yemen are traditionally large affairs. When prominent figures die, hundreds or even thousands of people come to pay their respects and to pray for them. Abdulqader Hilal Al-Dabab, the mayor of Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, could expect such treatment. But Hilal used to ask for a simple burial. “If I get killed when I’m in office, I don’t want a state funeral,” he told his sons. He wanted to be buried in a grave he’d reserved next to his father’s.

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