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29 июля, 00:21

Trump's Vision of Lawless Order

The president suggests he sees the rule of law as an impediment to getting tough on crime.

28 июля, 21:08

Trump on health care: 'Let Obamacare implode,' then 'we'll get it done'

The president made his first public comments about the failed 'skinny' repeal in a speech otherwise devoted to crime and immigration.

24 июля, 12:07

Blue Dogs eye comeback in 2018

The caucus of conservative House Democrats thinks Trump’s election can fuel their resurgence.

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17 июля, 14:38

SCENES FROM RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 30 people shot, 3 fatally, in 18 hours in Chicago….

SCENES FROM RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 30 people shot, 3 fatally, in 18 hours in Chicago.

12 июля, 21:00

Illinois governor cleans house after budget showdown

Republican Bruce Rauner, the most politically vulnerable governor in the nation, fires top staffers in office shake-up.

09 июля, 05:42

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-MONOPOLY CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? A longtime Insta-reader from Chicago exp…

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-MONOPOLY CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? A longtime Insta-reader from Chicago explains one huge reason why: As you are aware, the murder rate in Chicago soared in 2016 and this year it is well on its way to equal last year’s numbers.  There have been a couple of recent cases where they have […]

05 июля, 15:36

SCENES FROM RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 6 Killed, 53 Wounded In Fourth Of July Weekend Shootings In Chic…

SCENES FROM RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: 6 Killed, 53 Wounded In Fourth Of July Weekend Shootings In Chicago. At least 59 people were shot across Chicago, six of them fatally, by Tuesday morning of the Fourth of July weekend. Last year’s Independence Day weekend ended with 66 people shot — a total that actually stoked cautious […]

04 июля, 03:14

ABYSSINIA, RAHM: Mayor Emanuel didn’t seek comparison to Mussolini in NYT op-ed, the Chicago Tribune…

ABYSSINIA, RAHM: Mayor Emanuel didn’t seek comparison to Mussolini in NYT op-ed, the Chicago Tribune notes: Either someone at The New York Times doesn’t like Mayor Rahm Emanuel very much, or the Gray Lady needs to brush up on her history.* How else to account for the unfortunate evocation of murderous Italian fascist dictator Benito […]

03 июля, 00:00

In Chicago, the Trains Actually Run on Time

Rahm Emanuel, New York TimesOn Thursday, in the wake of a subway derailment and an epidemic of train delays, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York declared a state of emergency for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the busiest mass transit system in America. That same day, the nation’s third-busiest system — the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — handed out coupons for free coffee to riders stuck in the second year of slowdowns caused by repairs to prevent chronic fires

30 июня, 14:03

Trump says he's sending feds to Chicago to help with crime problem

President Donald Trump said Friday morning that he’s sending in federal assistance to Chicago to help curb its crime problem.“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!” Trump tweeted.In a statement released later Friday by the Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of the Chicago Gun Strike Force, which he said will send 20 agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into the city and reallocate federal prosecutors to focus on gun violence.Sessions also highlighted the Trump administration's efforts to force so-called "sanctuary cities" that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation to comply with federal law. He said states and cities must "protect our citizens—rather protecting the criminal illegal aliens who prey upon them."“The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence," the statement from Sessions read. "I want to commend the President for his commitment to enforcing our laws and keeping our communities safe... With these new resources, she will help us make Chicago safe again."Adam Collins, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said on Friday that the city welcomed the additional agents, but noted the Chicago Police Department is already improving the gun violence problem. "Six months ago we made it clear that we would welcome additional federal support, and six months later we appreciate the 20 new ATF agents that are now arriving. But the progress CPD has made this year has happened without any of the new resources from the federal government we requested," Collins said.Trump has often tweeted and spoken at rallies about violence in Chicago and he’s often threatened to send in federal authorities. “If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!” the president tweeted Jan. 24, just days into his presidency. “Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there - totally out of control. Chicago needs help!” he tweeted Feb. 23. The Chicago Sun-Times said on Friday that according to their count, 1,737 people have been shot in the city this year, and that more than 300 of the victims were shot fatally. Daniel Lippman contributed to this report.

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29 июня, 18:39

Elon Musk in talks with Chicago to build express rail ser...

CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's comments about talks with Elon Musk's Boring Company to build an express rail service in the city.

26 июня, 23:39

Mayors group opposes GOP ‘concealed carry’ gun bills

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has come out in opposition to House and Senate GOP proposals to allow "concealed carry" gun license holders to carry weapons into other states that allow it.The resolution was offered by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, among others, and came as the Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to a California law setting strict limits on who can carry concealed weapons.The GOP bills — introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) in the House and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate — are backed by the National Rifle Association, which has made passage of "concealed carry reciprocity" legislation its top congressional priority. They also have attracted widespread support from Republican lawmakers, as well as some Democrats. Neither bill has received a hearing or date for consideration yet.Hudson, however, said that after the recent shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), a "number of members have approached me and asked me if we could move up the timetable" for marking up his bill.Gun-control groups are strongly opposed to the measure. John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, derided the Hudson and Cornyn bills as "the gun lobby's dream.""Under ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity,’ Congress would gut local public safety laws and turn the weakest state’s laws effectively into nationwide laws, forcing states to allow domestic abusers, people with violent histories, and people who lack even the most basic gun safety training to carry concealed guns in public," Feinblatt said in a statement praising the mayors' resolution.At its annual meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted a broad resolution stating that the "goals of this legislation are completely antithetical to all of the efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence...."The resolution also stresses that the proposed legislation "would essentially force the localities to give full faith and credit to permits that are issued on less rigorous grounds, remove local governments’ ability to maintain sensible gun standards, and keep a proper vetting process in place...."Hudson said the mayors' resolution "shows a misunderstanding of the legislation." Hudson noted that his proposal did not alter the requirements for background checks on handgun purchases or override any state, county or municipal ban on carry concealed weapons."You keep hearing about carrying a gun in Times Square," Hudson said. "If the city of New York prohibits carrying a gun in Times Square, then any visitor with a concealed-carry privilege would have to follow that law and wouldn't be able to carry their weapon."Hudson added: "It's just like a driver's license. If you go into a town where it's 35 miles per hour everywhere, I have to drive 35."

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24 июня, 20:10

RAHM EMANUEL: ‘I’d Rather be a Democrat Today Going Into 2018 Than a Republican’ The odds of gett…

RAHM EMANUEL: ‘I’d Rather be a Democrat Today Going Into 2018 Than a Republican’ The odds of getting shot at certainly seem lower.

23 июня, 18:41

Is Chicago the New Silicon Valley? Rahm Emanuel Thinks So

Speaking at Techweek Chicago's latest "Growth Summit" on Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described a side of the Windy City that non-residents might not be familiar with--a growing hotbed of innovation in the tech industry.

21 июня, 00:45

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Faceossoff in Georgia

Georgians head to the polls to vote in a special election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

20 июня, 01:41

Georgia Special Election Seen As Last, Best Chance To Stop Trumpcare

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Health care reform activists have grown dour as signs from Capitol Hill suggest increasing chances for the passage of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Faced with a once seemingly far-fetched possibility, they have begun pinning their hopes on an external event that would effectively apply the brakes to the legislative process. Tuesday presents their best chance of that. The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is already one of the most hotly contested and absurdly expensive contests in congressional history. Now, those hoping to put off Obamacare’s demise are gearing up to use a potential win by the Democratic nominee, Jon Ossoff, as a means of spooking recalcitrant Republicans into inaction. “It could at least give them pause that there will be a bigger backlash than they even thought and that they should rethink this huge bill,” is how one top health care reform advocate put it. With Senate Republicans reportedly planning to vote on their health care bill as early as next week, opponents see few other options than to convince moderate Republicans to balk. Senate Democrats have planned various parliamentary and procedural maneuvers to slow down the legislative process. But, ultimately, there is little, if anything, they can do to stop a vote. Already, operatives are planning a summer-long campaign to apply additional pressure on lawmakers who remain on the fence about the Republican-authored bill, which would dramatically scale back Medicaid coverage and introduce market-based reforms that could weaken protections for vulnerable health care consumers. But those efforts would come after the bill passes the Senate and goes to a conference committee with the House, which has already passed a version. By the time a bill gets to a conference committee, it has tremendous momentum toward final passage.  In general, these operatives have grown fearful that increasing noise about investigations into President Donald Trump’s potential obstruction of justice and campaign ties to Russia has consigned the issue of Obamacare to second billing. Impassioned congressional town hall events that marked consideration of the House bill in the spring are drawing notably less media coverage as reporters have grown consumed by Trump’s legal troubles. An Ossoff victory could upend the narrative, injecting fresh political drama into an issue that Republican leadership has moved from the spotlight, and requiring those leaders to ponder whether they’re gambling their congressional majority by forcing their caucus to own a potential toxic health care overhaul. “I think it will be very significant,” said longtime Democratic strategist Anita Dunn. “They are already being asked to vote for a highly unpopular bill that will adversely affect their own voters ― who thought that was a good idea anyway? ... Tangible electoral defeat will mean at a minimum no Senate vote before July 4.”   But there is no guarantee that Ossoff will emerge victorious in the neck-and-neck suburban Atlanta race. (Democrats remain mixed about his prospects.) And even were he to win, it’s not entirely clear that Republicans would react by running away from their Obamacare overhaul. In interviews with HuffPost, House aides and GOP strategists predicted that lawmakers might actually move in the opposite direction if Ossoff wins, arguing that it would be inaction ― not flirtation with a deeply unpopular health care bill ― that would doom Republican nominee Karen Handel. “It should serve to clarify the minds of the conference that if they don’t start producing results, they are in trouble,” said John Feehery, a top aide to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). It should serve to clarify the minds of the conference that if they don’t start producing results, they are in trouble. John Feehery, a top aide to former Speaker Dennis Hastert. Feehery’s theory has historical precedent. Back in early 2010, Scott Brown’s surprise Senate win in the Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy nearly derailed Obamacare’s passage. Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel encouraged President Barack Obama at the time to downsize his legislative ambitions and turn his attention toward economic measures. But Obama and Democratic congressional leaders chose, instead, to redouble efforts, convincing just enough reluctant liberals in the House to stomach the Senate-authored bill. Seven years later, House Republicans could face a similar dynamic: the loss of a symbolic seat (Georgia’s 6th District was previously held by Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Tom Price) and swallowing a legislative product that the Senate produced. Should it come to that, leadership will have to make a lobbying effort as concerted as Obama’s. “This is the moment,” one well-connected GOP lobbyist said of the task facing Republican leaders should Ossoff win. “If they don’t all get on the same page, they will all hang separately.” Aides insist that they’re ready to make that case, encouraging members to address health care head-on and make prodigious fundraising efforts in anticipation of a difficult election cycle. But the climate could be even trickier than the one facing Democrats in 2010. Though Handel has said that health care hasn’t been a hotly debated topic ― Democratic advertising efforts have focused on other fronts ― it is clear that the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill hangs over elections in Georgia and elsewhere. A recent poll from the Atlanta Journal Constitution showed that more than 80 percent of likely voters in the district said that the issue of health care was an “extremely important” or “very important.” That same poll found that just one in four respondents approve of the GOP plan. One Democratic operative working on the Georgia race expressed shock that focus groups showed that people knew intricacies of the legislation and that the Congressional Budget Office analysis showed 24 million people losing coverage over the course of a decade because of it. It’s not just the polling and the focus groups, either. One Democratic lawmaker said that the party was simultaneously befuddled and thrilled when Trump reportedly referred to the House health care bill as “mean.” That comment, more than a win in Georgia, could be used as a political cudgel against Republicans in 2018, the lawmaker said. “The ads write themselves,” the Democrat said. Want more updates from Sam Stein? Sign up for his newsletter, Spam Stein, here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

18 июня, 22:40

Happy Fathers Day! We've Got Some Wood To Chuck

Via Global Macro Monitor, The last words my father spoke to me before he died in 1996 was, [“Gregor], somebody is going to have to do something to help the poor.” Fast forward to 2017.   Never has the wealth gap in America been so wide.  This creates the initial conditions for a very uncertain and potentially unstable and explosive political and economic future. I just woke up, for example, to see these two articles juxatposed on my news aggregator. Why does America have so many hungry kids? – CNN Summer in the Hamptons: Oysters, Rosé, and Helicopter Noise?  – WSJ One article is about how 13 million American children go to bed hungry every night and the other is about the 1 percenters, who are now taking helicopters to their Hampton summer homes to avoid traffic.   What in the hell is happening to our country? Average wealth has increased over the past 50 years, but it has not grown equally for all groups. Between 1963 and 2013, families near the bottom of the wealth distribution (those at the 10th percentile) went from having no wealth on average to being about $2,000 in debt, those in the middle roughly doubled their wealth—mostly between 1963 and 1983, families near the top (at the 90th percentile) saw their wealth quadruple, and the wealth of those at the 99th percentile—in other words, those wealthier than 99 percent of all families—grew sixfold.  – Urban Institute The current data is much worse as the above doesn’t take into account the massive runup in asset prices over the past 3 1/2 years. Philanthropic 1-Percenters, But…….. I know many 1 percenters who are great and generous people and give so much in an effort reduce poverty.   Paul Tudor Jones’ Robin Hood Foundation, for example, is God’s work.    Though they make a difference in many individual lives, these good works can only go so far and only make just a small dent in the problem of our vanishing middle class and increasing American poverty rate. It’s the policies, Stupid! The kumbaya moment Congress is now experiencing after the shooting of its Republican congressional members last week now needs to be translated into action. Policy changes are imperative if we are going to really — first, we must decide if we want to — make a change.   It’s time to move away from the ugly and tired dialectic of “tax cuts for the rich and government help for the poor.”   Everything must change. Creative public policy and a change of thinking are the only hope, comrades. Here is one example, The United States exports more food than any other country in the world. So why do families with children have trouble getting enough food in such a prosperous nation?   “The non-politcal answer, to me, is greed and government,” Stallings said.   “There’s too many government health restrictions that force restaurants to throw away food” instead of donating it to the needy. “It’s also greed: We’re not helping our neighbors.”   -Bryan Stallings,  CNN Wow!  We trash 40 percent of the food we produce. Lessons From The Godfather Special interests will surely stand in the way of the much needed new policy thinking/making, including from reforming education to allowing restaurants to donate their food to the needy, for example.   So how do we deal with them? Take a lesson from the Godfather and mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, when he was Chief of Staff for President Obama and negotiating the bailout of the auto companies.   Some in the bailout group raised concerns about pushback from the United Auto Workers. To which the Godfather replied, F$*K the UAW  – Rahm Emanuel  To which we say, F$*K the Special Interests   – Global Macro Monitor My God, we are talking about hungry children, for Pete’s sake.

16 июня, 20:24

BLM Chicago Files Lawsuit Demanding Federal Oversight Of Police

Lawyers on behalf of Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a lawsuit against the city Wednesday demanding a push for police reform. Five months after the Department of Justice released a report detailing systematic racism and a “pervasive cover-up culture” among officers, the 132-page complaint, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, is calling for strict federal oversight of the nation’s second-largest police force. It demands an end to “abusive policies and practices undergirding the alleged constitutional and state law violations.” “Absent federal court supervision, nothing will improve,” the lawsuit says. “It is clear that federal court intervention is essential to end the historical and on-going pattern and practice of excessive force by police officers in Chicago.” The complaint accuses individual current officers for excessive force against the plaintiffs.  It also cites examples from the department’s past, including the troubling “shoot to kill” orders during the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the 1969 killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.  “This is the community stepping up when the government refuses to act and when it has long been clear that the city is incapable of acting on its own,” lead attorney Craig Futterman told The Associated Press.  The city of Chicago and 15 individual officers are named as defendants in the lawsuit.  On Wednesday, Black Lives Matter issued a statement about the lawsuit on Facebook, calling out the Chicago Police Department for the way they’ve handled past cases involving black people, including Laquan McDonald, Pierre Loury and Rekia Boyd.  “Our leadership doesn’t move unless protests fill the street, bodies fill the morgue, and the wealthy are affected. We have to press harder,” the statement reads. “We need the consent decree and a comprehensive federal order to oversee Chicago policing with an independent monitor ... not AG Jeff Sessions or Mayor Emanuel.” Just days before the lawsuit was filed, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed away from an agreement he made under the Obama administration to have a federal judge monitor the department’s reform efforts. He requested the DOJ appoint an independent monitor instead.  When the Chicago Tribune asked Emanuel about the lawsuit, he failed to respond to the question, but said, “I know what we have to do” in regard to police reform, accountability and transparency.  Despite what the mayor wants, the lawsuit seeks federal enforcement. Futterman told the Tribune that they are open to Emanuel agreeing to work with the plaintiffs on a consent decree monitored by the court. “He wants a dance partner? He’s got one,” Futterman said. “If he’s serious about ending police civil rights abuses in Chicago, he will agree — as he already did before — to binding court oversight and enforcement.” A hearing date for this case has been set for Wednesday. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 июня, 02:36

Trump DOJ And Chicago May Reach A Police Reform Deal With ‘No Teeth’

CHICAGO ― After several bruising years for the Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, heightened by the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer, allegations of a City Hall cover-up and a damning Justice Department probe, the city is poised to begin its police reform efforts. But now there are serious doubts about whether a toothless plan can address the deep problems. News trickled out of city hall last week that Emanuel planned to seek a “memorandum of understanding,” rather than an enforceable consent decree, as part of an effort to remedy the widespread unconstitutional practices the Justice Department identified in a report released just before Trump’s inauguration. The sweeping federal report, issued after the biggest investigation of a city police department in Justice Department history, concluded that reform efforts in Chicago were “not likely to be successful” without a consent decree and independent monitoring. The city has not yet established a timeline for an independent monitor. “At this point, there’s still ongoing discussions between ourselves and the DOJ,” Walter Katz, Emanuel’s chief liaison with the CPD, told HuffPost. Katz noted that the city has already undertaken some reform efforts, including revamped police rules on use of force, an expanded bodycam program and a planned Civilian Office of Police Accountability, set to open in September. Success will be defined by “substantial compliance with the agreement,” Katz said, adding that prior consent decrees and memorandums of understanding have been effective for measuring compliance. High tensions over crime and policing in the city were aggravated with the November 2015 release of a police dashcam video that showed a more than year-old incident of an officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times as the teen walked away. The video contradicted the narrative by police that McDonald had been imminently threatening officers, and the legal fight to keep the tape under wraps prompted critics to accuse Emanuel of intentionally covering up the video until after his reelection, a charge he has denied. The officer who shot McDonald is awaiting trial on multiple charges, including first-degree murder. When the Civil Rights Division’s report came out on Jan. 13, the Justice Department and Emanuel’s administration announced they had reached an agreement in principle, a two-page document in which both parties committed to “negotiate in good faith to reach a comprehensive settlement in the form of a consent decree.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not believe in police consent decrees. Shortly after his Feb. 8 confirmation, Sessions conceded he hadn’t read the Chicago report but called it “anecdotal.” Sessions separately suggested that such binding legal agreements amounted to “harmful federal intrusion” that could “cost more lives by handcuffing the police instead of the criminals.” The Trump administration also attempted to back out of a firm agreement with the city of Baltimore. After a federal judge approved the Baltimore deal over DOJ’s objections, Sessions issued a statement saying he had “grave concerns” that the “rushed” agreement “will reduce the lawful powers of the police department and result in a less safe city.  Theoretically, the Trump DOJ is bound by the previous agreement to work in “good faith” toward a consent decree with Chicago. But Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel, noted the stark ideological differences between the Obama-era DOJ and the department under President Donald Trump.   “Obviously there’s a different administration in D.C. right now that has a different attitude on consent decrees,” Collins said. “The public comments from the DOJ are very clear about their attitudes about how it relates to consent decrees and that they don’t believe they’re a good model.” Nevertheless, Collins said Police Supt. Eddie Johnson “has been clear that the city of Chicago is on the road to reform.”  Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Civil Rights Division, says that commitment isn’t enough. Gupta, who now heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told HuffPost that Chicago has seen “over and over again” that deals without court enforcement mechanisms don’t work. The memorandum of agreement will “become yet another set of recommendations for the Chicago Police Department that will have no teeth.” “History has demonstrated that memoranda of agreement, which are not court-enforceable, are not robust enough to remedy longstanding problems,” Gupta said. Gupta noted that, even with the new administration, the agreement signed in January had “not been publicly disavowed by either party” and that both sides had recognized “the gravity and scope of the constitutional violations required a court-enforced agreement.” Gupta said it is “absolutely critical” that the career Civil Rights Division officials who investigated the Chicago Police Department “find that whatever agreement is reached will actually remedy the serious findings” the report brought to light. Groups like the ACLU of Illinois concur with Gupta’s concerns, slamming the memorandum of agreement as a “half-measure” that will not amount to meaningful change. “This proposal is a non-starter for anyone committed to real reform of Chicago’s broken system of policing,” Karen Sheley, director of the ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Project, said in a statement. “The City is proposing to sign a set of promises with a DOJ that is hostile to real police reform.” A spokesman for ACLU of Illinois said that it had not yet determined if they would go to court over the city’s decision but that it would “continue to talk with other advocates and consider all options.”  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Chicago was the last police department to undergo an investigation into its “patterns or practices” in the Obama-era Justice Department. The number of DOJ-enforced consent decrees grew under Obama’s tenure compared with his most recent Republican and Democratic predecessors. From the start of Obama’s first term in 2009 to the conclusion of his second term this year, 14 police departments — including Seattle; Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; and Puerto Rico ― agreed to consent decrees. By contrast, only three consent decrees each were reached in Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s two-term administrations. While consent decrees have been welcomed by police reform advocates, they’re often oppose by police unions as burdensome and restrictive. Since consent decrees are effectively lawsuits brought by the Justice Department against the city to ensure reform measures are implanted, the agreements can also come as huge expenses to taxpayers. Sessions himself hit on the cost in his statement following the approval of the Baltimore consent decree, saying the deal would force the city to fund a “highly-paid monitor to govern every detail of how the Baltimore Police Department functions for the foreseeable future.” But in Chicago, a lack of police reform has already taken a massive financial toll: Since 2004, the city has paid out roughly $662 million for police misconduct in the form of multimillion-dollar settlements, legal fees and other penalties. City Hall is standing by the decision as its option for achieving the badly needed overhaul. Collins cited Washington as an example the city views as a case study on successful police reform achieved without a consent decree. “It’s a model that’s worked in other cities,” Collins added, noting that D.C.’s former police chief Charles Ramsey — a former CPD official who now serves as an adviser on reform for the police department ― “spoke highly” of the process. Emanuel aide Katz said he was confident the city’s efforts will be successful because the city, its police and its residents want the same basic outcome. “What we’re focused on is the fact that people want to live in a community that is safe,” Katz said.  The ACLU’s Sheley expressed doubt that anything short of a consent decree would make a difference. She noted in a statement that the kind of agreement Chicago is pursuing “could not be enforced by the monitor, by the community or by anyone else ― since it is not planned to be overseen by a federal court.” “The only real path to police reform in Chicago is through a consent decree overseen by a federal judge,” Sheley added.  “That is what the City committed to when the DOJ completed its scathing report in January.”  Gupta also believes that Chicago’s proposal will fall short of implementing the necessary reform. “There is no political solution that will fix the problems that the career Justice Department team found. Congress gave career lawyers at the Justice Department the mandate to remedy patterns and practices of unconstitutional policing when found,” Gupta said. “It is their judgment that matters and that has not changed.” A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.  Kim Bellware reported from Chicago and Ryan Reilly reported from Washington, D.C. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 июня, 12:14

White-collar lawyers see opportunity in Trump scandals

More than a dozen attorneys and crisis communications specialists have started working for Trump associates touched by the unfolding Russia probes, according to a POLITICO tally.

21 марта 2016, 13:00

«Черный дом»: фильм о коррупции, запрещенный в США

Фильм «Черный дом», раскрывающий коррупционные схемы Госдепа США и лично Барака Обамы, был запрещен к показу как минимум на территории США. Однако картина все же стала доступна для массовой аудитории. По мнению изначально опубликовавшего его Дмитрия Пучкова, фильм должны посмотреть как за рубежом, так и в России. И для того, чтобы сделать картину более доступной, журнал «Политическая Россия» публикует фильм «Черный дом» с собственным дублированным переводом.

20 декабря 2015, 11:46

Scofield: Предвыборная кампания в США

Президент РФ Владимир Путин после большой пресс-конференции заявил журналистам: «Он [Дональд Трамп] яркий очень человек, талантливый, без всяких сомнений. Не наше дело определять его достоинства, это дело избирателей США, но он абсолютный лидер президентской гонки.