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With President Donald Trump in the White House and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Justice Department, the exploitative bail industry is in a good position to profit even more off of Americans who can’t afford adequate legal representation. So the stories of the Justice Department and the bail industry’s exploitation are important and timely.

Source: Perspectives: Truthout — I Spent 14 Months in Jail Because I Couldn’t Pay My Way Out

 

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“A news report today sent Washington into another spasm when it appeared that ABC and other news outlets reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed that he might have to recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russian investigation.”

Source: Perspectives: The Hill — If Rod Rosenstein recuses himself, Robert Mueller may be next

 

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“Trump’s budget isn’t just about massive tax cuts for rich and major cuts in assistance for the poor. He also wants to roll back civil rights,” with commentary from Robert Reich

Source: Perspectives: The Atlantic — Jeff Sessions’ Agenda for the Civil-Rights Division

 

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The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation brings to mind the question whether Trump could again fire someone who is getting too close to the truth. Apparently, the answer is yes he can.

Source: Perspectives: Daily Kos — Mueller isn’t entirely shielded from Trump, but firing him would cause a colossal fallout

 

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Justice Department to pursue tougher penalties for drug offenders even though mandatory sentencing laws for drug users are a relic of unfair, ineffective, costly, and racist policies. This despite the fact that there has been a great deal of support for criminal-justice reform over the past five years.

Source: NPR — Sessions Tells Prosecutors To Seek ‘Most Serious’ Charges, Stricter Sentences

 

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Bloomberg’s Jonathan Bernstein writes what Donald Trump has said in multiple interviews released today. Bernstein’s conclusion “The president is winging it, even on an issue that risks his entire presidency.” Robert Reich also expresses his opinion.

Source: Bloomberg — Trump’s Know-Nothing Tour de Force

 

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A U.S. federal judge in San Fransisco agreed with two California counties (San Francisco and Santa Clara) that Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order, which would prevent them from receiving federal funding if they did not comply with federal deportation requests, is unconstitutional.

Source: USA Today: Federal judge blocks Trump plan to punish ‘sanctuary cities’

 

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