Senate Leader Mitch McConnell May Finally Jumps Into The Border Wall Debacle

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is no fool. He’s up for reelection in 2020, and he wants to win. Mitch wants to keep his seat in the Senate even though Mr. McConnell has overstayed his welcome in that governing body, according to the Democrats. McConnell is one of those old school politicians who knows how the system in Washington works. But Mitch knows the Washington system isn’t what it used to be now that Donald Trump is president. Trump’s not a typical president and he’s not a typical political negotiator.

Mr. Trump negotiates with threats and bullying tactics. Trump is not a statesman, according to the Democrats. He’s a dictator that will do anything to get what he wants. The government shut down is a good example of Trump’s negotiating skills. He is an emotional hot head that uses schoolboy bullying tactics to intimidate and conquer his opponents, according to several news articles. But Trump’s up against another seasoned group of negotiators who want to cut him down to size. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer know how to keep Trump upset and angry while he tries to solve a government mess of his own making.

Donald Trump’s latest attempt to make the Democrats do what he wants was a waste of time. Before Trump could act pompous on TV over the weekend, the Democrats had an answer for his feeble attempt to get his $5.7 billion border wall built. Before Trump had a chance to tell the public his ill-fated scheme, the Democrats shot his Dreamer plan down. It wasn’t a plan. It was Trump offering a crumb to solve the situation. The Democrats want the 700,000 Dreamers to live in the United States without the fear of being deported, and Trump’s plan didn’t guarantee that.

Now that Trump has no place to go, Mitch McConnell will finally rear his Kentucky head and try to solve this out-of-control situation. McConnell will wrap Trump’s border wall plan into another Republican-inspired package. His package will include billions in disaster relief and it will call for the immediate opening of the government. But Trump’s $5 billion border wall is still part of McConnell’s plan.

Vice President Mike Pence said Trump’s plan may change on the Senate floor, and McConnell is the man who will do that. But if the border wall is in that plan, the Democrats will reject it, according to Speaker Pelosi. She wants the Republicans to open the government and then the Democrats will negotiate with McConnell and the Republicans.

President Trump Had More Than 1,400 Conflicts Of Interest Since The Election

Donald Trump is an unusual president. In fact, he’s so unusual his voter base can’t get enough of him. The president is a master manipulator who loves to be in front of the cameras. Whenever a new allegation surfaces about his election campaign, he tweets and then calls the “fake news” together to explain why the press lies when they talk about him. Mr. Trump can do no wrong in the eyes of his voter base even though the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), claims Trump is using the office of president for personal gain.

According to CREW, the president promotes his often questionable business transaction as extensions of his official duties. In 2017, CREW found more than 900 occasions when the Trump presidency and the Trump organization acted as one entity. The president visited Trump properties more than 118 times in 2017, and he talked about the Trump organization 68 times that year, according to CREW.

But it’s not just Trump, and the Trump family visiting Trump properties. More than 110 federal employees and more than 50 members of Congress visited Trump Organization properties in 2018. Plus, more than 30 state officials visited Trump properties. That kind of business support sounds fishy. But when CREW considered the fact that more than 150 political committees spent more than $5 million at Trump properties since he took office, the conflict of interest plot thickens.

The fact that at least 12 foreign governments paid to stay at Trump properties over the last two years is hard to ignore. The conflict of interest allegations couldn’t be much clearer to the Democrats.

Mr. Trump said he would turn over the daily operations of his business to his sons Don Jr. and Eric, but that hasn’t happened, according to CREW. Mr. Trump still calls the shots for the Trump Organization. He uses his position to pad the deep pockets of his company.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is what some legal experts call the conflict of interest smoking gun. Dignitaries from the Middle East always stay there. Saudi Arabia officials spent millions at Trump’s Washington hotel over the last two years.

According to a case in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Trump isn’t playing by the rules set forth by the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. He’s receiving money from foreign governments for personal profit. That has to stop, according to Democrats. But there are no signs Trump intents to stop lining his pockets while he’s president.

Trump Advisor Jared Kushner Used The Son-In-Law Card To Trash Ex-Jersey Governor Chris Christie During The 2016 Campaign

Before Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, he was a popular Republican politician. But after enduring several scandals while he held that position trashed his popularity rating. The people couldn’t wait for Christie to leave the state, but his pal Donald Trump took him in and showered him with promises. Christie became head of Trump’s transition team. Some news reports said Christie would be the next attorney general when Trump took office.

During the 2016 campaign, Christie and Trump were besties until Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and Middle East advisor threw Christie out with the Monday trash. According to excerpts from Christie new book “Let Me Finish,” Jared hates Christie for prosecuting his father, Charles Kushner in 2005. Charles Kushner spent a year in the slammer for tax evasion and witness tampering, and his son never got over it. Jared blamed Christie. Kushner still harbors a grudge, and it is still as strong as it was 14 years ago.

Steve Bannon pulled Christie off the transition team in 2016. Bannon told Christie Kushner was the man responsible for kicking him to the political curb. In 2016, Kushner told members of the Trump team Christie acted inappropriately and unethical without stating any facts to back up those claims, according to Christie’s book. Even though Christie, a former presidential candidate, backed Trump before most conservative Republicans did, he never got a chance to be part of Trump’s cabinet.

The ex-governor unloaded on the Trump administration in his book due to drop on January 29th. Chris claims Trump surrounded himself with a group of undesirable cabinet members. Christie thinks those people are a bunch of rogues who try to undermine the president’s agenda. Mr. Christie claims Trump’s revolving door of misfits, weaklings, grifters, and felons who got their jobs without the proper vetting or proper experience. Christie claims Trump trusts people he shouldn’t trust, and some of those people are close to him.

Mr. Christie is an avid Trump supporter. He often acts as a surrogate for Trump on the Sunday morning talk shows. Chris claims Trump’s presidency can’t be as effective as Trump wants it to be because a small group of his allies try to sidetrack the president’s efforts to get things done. Christie claims he did everything he could to get Trump elected.

Christie still stands up for Trump even though Jared Kushner never misses an opportunity to keep Chris Christie under political wraps. But Christie’s book pulls those wrappers off, according to the unpopular ex-governor.

Read the full report: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/01/jared-kushner-chris-christie-book

Spotlight on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is also commonly known by the moniker RBG, has spent her life as an underdog. From an early age, the diminutive, Brooklyn-born future jurist was shaped by the example and influence of her hard-working mother, a highly intelligent woman who sacrificed her own education to help put her brother through college. This altruistic act left an indelible impression on RBG, and it also instilled in her the importance of self-reliance as well as the need to pursue an education.

These early influences not only helped to propel Ginsburg forward in life, but they also facilitated her maturation into a trailblazer. In a time when few women were offered the opportunity to pursue higher education, Ginsburg excelled in her studies and matriculated from Cornell University in 1954, where she was first in her class.

Ginsburg’s trailblazing nature has not only defined her professional pursuits, but it has also extended into her personal life, as well. The same year she graduated from Cornell, RBG married Martin Ginsburg, her life partner and equal. The two formed an extremely successful union on every level. It was a relationship built on love, mutual respect, and support of one another’s goals as well as ambitions.

While RBG worked a civil service job and attended to their young family, Martin was able to build a successful career as a tax attorney. In later years, Martin assumed the role of domestic gatekeeper and oversaw many of the family responsibilities while RBG climbed the ranks. The couple has been well-regarded for their ability to balance each other and foster one another’s pursuits–both personally and professionally. Their relationship is admired for its equality and progressive nature, especially given the societal climate in which it began.

RBG’s academic excellence continued in her law studies at Harvard, where she became the first female member of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. This was followed by a transfer to Columbia Law School, following her husband’s battle with testicular cancer and subsequent graduation from law school. While at Columbia, she was also appointed to their law review and, once again, graduated first in her class from Columbia Law School in 1959.

Despite Ginsburg’s lifelong academic excellence and varied accomplishments, she continued to encounter gender discrimination while seeking employment following her graduation from law school. These experiences helped to foster the future Supreme Court justice’s fight for gender equality, women’s rights, and civil rights, just to name a few. These pursuits are passionate ideologies that Ginsburg has fought to uphold and defend while on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), a post which she was appointed to in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

More recently, Ginsburg has been in the news due to the release of a biopic based on her life story, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) as RBG. She has also made headlines for her recent surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. Ginsburg is currently recovering and has been deemed cancer-free by her doctors.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Truck Drivers

The trucking industry is going through various changes. There is a massive shortage of qualified drivers, and most trucking companies struggle to remain profitable. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of truck drivers. The court ruled that truck drivers can sue trucking companies for labor violations.in a report by Business Insider, the vast majority of truck drivers are considered independent contractors. Contractors typically have fewer legal rights than employees. However, with the recent ruling, truck drivers will now have more options for receiving recourse for the actions of trucking companies.

Strike

The port in Los Angeles is one of the largest ports in the world. In recent weeks, the port has started to endure multiple shipping issues. With the tariffs from China having an impact, companies are buying inventory from other nations. The port cannot handle all of the additional goods coming in. As the port gets congested, truck drivers have to wait in line to drop off their products. During this waiting period, truck drivers typically do not receive compensation. Most truck drivers are compensated based on how many miles are driven.

Workers at the port recently threatened to go on strike. If workers do strike, it will be a terrible time to do so. Some truck drivers have threatened to take legal action against trucking companies if the labor laws are not changed. In many cases, truck drivers are going on routes and getting paid less than minimum wage.

Other Issues

Other issues are impacting the trucking industry. Autonomous vehicles are starting to become a reality. Many young people do not want to become truck drivers because autonomous vehicles could drastically change the industry. Trucking companies cannot pay truck drivers more because of declining profits.

Executives of trucking companies need to act quickly to prevent any legal damages from the recent ruling. Companies must start paying truck drivers fairly to avoid legal action in the future.

A surge in Immigrant court case cancellations due to the government shutdown

The partial government shutdown has had a massive effect on the operations of various state departments, and the judiciary has not been spared. It is reported that almost 43,000 cases involving immigrants have been canceled because of the shutdown, and the number could go higher.

These cancellations have raised a lot of concerns from analysts who say that there is an already backlogged system and therefore, freezing it further could lead to a crisis. Researchers that have been tracking immigration data discovered these huge cancellations and brought it to the limelight thus sparking a lot of public discussions about the implications of the situation.

More cases to be canceled

Apart from the cases that have been withdrawn, the researchers say that there will be 20,000 more cases canceled every week for the remainder of the period that the government will be shut down. According to the report, if the shutdown continues until the end of January, more than 100,000 individuals will be affected when their cases are postponed.

Already, the cases that were scheduled for hearing between, 24th of December and 11th of January have been postponed. The CNBC report goes further to suggest that the individuals that have been impacted by the cancellations have been waiting for up to four years to have their day in court.

Rescheduled hearing of the cases

The researchers also analyzed the likely effect of the situation and found out that the individuals whose cases have been canceled will now have to wait for more than three years for the cases to be rescheduled. Considering the time that they have already spent waiting, there is no doubt that this will be a traumatizing experience for them unless something out of the ordinary happens.

According to the White House, Congress has received a request from the White House to allocate funds to 75 new immigration judges. This, they say, will clear the backlog that has been growing steadily over the last five years.

Observers say that even if the new judges were hired after approval by Congress, the backlog is still too massive. The approval is still a matter of doubt because there is a stalemate over the immigration policy in the country. The cases going on during the shutdown are few, and therefore, those that are not heard are added to the current case backlog every week. The cases being added to this category are too many, yet there already were more than 800,000 cases on the backlog by the end of November 2018.

Trump Presidency Is In A Constant State Of Emergency

Donald Trump inherited a fortune from Fred Trump. Trump’s dad was a successful slumlord in New York City. Fred had all the right connections so his son Donald and his family got the best life could offer. Don went to an Ivy League University, and he schmoozed with the likes of mob attorney Roy Cohn. And when Fred passed, Trump inherited his fortune.

Mr. Trump likes to say he’s a self-made man. He said he started with nothing and built an incredible real estate empire by himself. Trump wrote a book about his “art of the deal.” But Trump left out the fact that he ran several businesses in the ground while he told the world he was the king of deal-making. Donald Trump, the businessman, bankrupted four of his casinos, and he managed to put Trump Airlines out of business.

But according to Don Sr., everything he touches turns to gold. He throws false accusations around to deflect the business carnage he creates. He runs the government the same way he runs his businesses. Mr. Trump believes his voter base wants his kind of knee-jerk, ill-informed leadership. He thinks his voter base wants a stubborn, dictator-type leader who has the last word in all government transactions.

Trump’s presidency is not the kind of presidency that cares about people. The government shutdown proves Trump doesn’t give a damn if people go hungry and lost their homes as long as he gets his way, according to a Yahoo financial article. Trump hired a group of Republican henchmen to do his presidential dirty work, according to several Washington Post Op-eds because Trump relates to the bad guys.

Political analysts say Mr. Trump White House management record shows a man who doesn’t listen. He wants to run the government his way. Based on Trump’s management history, his way means running the government into the ground, according to several news reports.

Trump’s chaotic management style is on full display. The world is able to see how the government of the United States really works under Trump. Some Democrats say the southern border issue isn’t a reason to put a state of emergency in effect. Those Democrats say Trump’s leadership is the real state of emergency facing the nation.

The world now knows Trump has no regard for consequences. His former chief of staff, John Kelly told the press Trump likes to come up with ideas that break laws. That’s how Trump rolls, according to the New Yorkers who watched Trump act like a Mafia don in the real estate development business.

Fred Trump didn’t know his son would become president, but he did know Donald would break the rules and claim victory even if he lost. That kind of mentality is in the Trump genes.

Expert wants jailed Islamism extremists separated from other inmates

Ian Acheson, an expert that led the reviews of Islamist extremists by the UK government wants jailed extremists separate from other inmates. He said that the jails had become a breeding ground for radical behavior and therefore, the detained Islamists should not be allowed to mingle with other inmates who have committed different crimes. In his view, the number of lower-tariff extremists is increasing, and they are finding their way to jail, a situation that is likely to encourage bad behavior among other inmates. This is the second time that he has called for the separation.

Controversial recommendation

While acknowledging that his proposal was a controversial one, Ian said that it is informed by the fact that statistics show that about 40% of those convicted for terrorism received four years or less sentence. He said that the since the prisons are overcrowded and understaffed, the misery that these convicts go through makes them enter the penal system as severely disorder people. It is difficult for them to receive correctional care for their behavior while living under the kinds of conditions that they find in prison. Since they easily find safety in their religion and ideology, it becomes difficult for officers in prison to provide treatment for their behavior.

A threat to future generations

Ian also observed that since they are free to mingle with other inmates, there is a possibility of them interfering with their thinking and therefore, they can easily radicalize the next generation. If this is allowed to go on, the world will find itself in a situation that will be too difficult to manage. It is because of this reason that he wants lawmakers to move fast and avert the situation before t escalates. In his report, he says that the best way to deal with0020treemists who wish to harm other people is by engaging them and not shunning them altogether.

A report recently released by the ministry of justice showed that there are around 700 prisoners who are a significant threat because of their extremist alignment. These inmates are either Islamists or far-right ideology believers. Further information also shows that the number of people who are convicted of terrorism increases every year, and that is the reason Ian believes it can lead to more problems if not checked. He wants policymakers to stop being complacent because even though the numbers seem small, it should not be forgotten that there are about 83000 inmates and therefore, the terror convicts can easily use their links within the prison to advance their ideologies.

Man Wants Free Burger King For Life Settlement Upheld

A free $7.89 meal every week is nothing to laugh about, especially when it’s time for lunch or something more than a midnight snack. To an Oregon man who was locked inside of a Burger King washroom for an hour and claims to have a life expectancy of 22 more years, that time has been calculated to be worth $9,026.16. Oh, he also suffered a small cut on his hand that didn’t require any treatment when Burger King employees gave him a fly swatter to try and unlock the bathroom door with. The man must be somewhere around 48 years-years-old. His lawyer estimates a diminished life expectancy of about five years as a result of his client’s frequent consumption of burgers.

According to Time, the “wrongfully imprisoned” man claims that the manager of a Burger King in Wood Village made him a settlement offer sometime around the middle of December in 2018. Although the specifics of the offer haven’t been disclosed, it was something in the nature of free food for the rest of his life. Apparently, the man accepted the offer. That deal worked out for a about a couple of weeks, but when Burger King’s regional manager learned of it, he rejected it. The “prisoner” has now filed a lawsuit involving the value of those lost meals. The amount in controversy was calculated that one burger would cost $7.89 per week. Whether that’s a Whopper meal or a Whopper Junior meal has yet to be disclosed. Nor has the size of the drink or fries, if any.

The man’s lawyer says that his client was presented with a settlement offer that he accepted. His position is that a deal was made, but who the deal was made with is what this case turns on. Was it made with Burger King’s franchisee, or was it made with Burger King? Did the manager who purportedly settled for free food for life even have authority to offer a settlement? Was there any valid settlement at all? Is being locked in a bathroom for an hour even worth more than $9,000?

R.Kelly’s Attorney Denies Abuse Allegations

R.Kelly’s attorney has stated that the abuse claims against him are all false. The attorney, whose name is Steve Greenberg, criticized the Lifetime series “Surviving R.Kelly.” He stated that it was a round of stories that are being used to fill television time.

Kim Foxx, who is the state attorney in Cook County, stated that she was sickened when she watched the documentary. “Surviving R.Kelly” is a series that examines the abuse allegations. According to ABC News, several women who have claimed to be abused by R.Kelly told their story in the documentary. Steve said that it is inappropriate for a state attorney to comment on allegations that she has seen on television.

A Chicago prosecutor encouraged anyone who has been abused by R.Kelly to come forward. Kim Foxx talked to reporters on Tuesday after she had seen the documentary. She stated that she was sickened by the documentary. However, she said that no investigation can take place until witnesses and victims come forward.

R.Kelly still lives in Chicago. He has stated that he has not done anything wrong. In 2008, he was cleared of all 13 sexual abuse allegations. There was a video circulating of a man engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl who was just 13. Both R.Kelly and the girl denied that they were the ones in the tape.

A man in Georgia, who was a part of the documentary, stated that he had been threatened by R.Kelly’s manager. The man, whose name is Timothy Savage, told an officer that R.Kelly’s manager had texted him saying that it would be best for his part of the documentary to not be shown.

Tim appeared on the series along with his wife. The manager, whose name is Don Russell, accussed Timothy of lying in the documentary. Don also told Tim that if he continued to support the series, then he would release information that proved that Tim was lying.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments on Monday. It was Justice Ginsburg’s first absence since she began serving on the highest court in 1993. Ginsburg was unable to hear arguments before the court because she is still recovering from lung cancer surgery, which she underwent last month. Before hearing the opening case of the day, Chief Justice John Roberts addressed Ginsburg’s absence by simply saying she was “unable to be present.” Kathy Arberg, a spokesperson for the Supreme Court, said that Justice Ginsburg would be working from home while she recuperates, examining argument transcripts and reviewing case briefs. Despite her absence, Justice Ginsburg met with the other eight justices of the Supreme Court on January 4 to vote on what cases they would hear in their current session.

At 85 years old, Justice Ruth Ginsburg is the oldest member of the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has made news in recent months owing to various health scares. Earlier in November, Justice Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall. During treatment for her broken ribs, doctors found two cancerous nodules on her lungs. The nodules were removed in a surgery on December 21 and Ginsburg was released from the hospital on December 25. A spokesperson for Ginsburg said there was no evidence of any remaining nodules or cancer following the procedure. Monday’s oral arguments were the first Supreme Court hearing since Ginsburg’s surgery. It remains to be seen if Ginsburg will need to miss any more sessions. Ginsburg’s most recent cancer scare is her third battle with the disease. Prior to her most recent diagnosis, Ginsburg battled colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009. Justice Ginsburg also had to have a stent implanted in her right coronary artery in 2014 to improve blood flow. During all of these incidents, Ginsburg never had to miss an oral argument.

Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and is considered the head liberal on the court. The court currently has a 5-4 conservative majority and Democrats worry that the court could shift further to the right in the event of Ginsburg’s retirement. Those close to Ginsburg say she will probably stay on the Supreme Court until 2020. Liberal voters view Justice Ginsburg as a cultural icon, sometimes referring to her as “Notorious RBG.” Ginsburg was the subject of a recent CNN documentary as well as a Hollywood film entitled On the Basis of Sex.

Actor Kevin Spacey Appears in Court on Sex Assault Charge

Legendary actor Kevin Spacey is one of the most famous people to have their career destroyed by the #MeToo movement. Spacey was riding high in 2017 as the star of the hugely successful Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” However, an actor named Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him over 30 years ago when he was a minor. Netflix immediately fired Spacey and refused to release a completed film starring him about Gore Vidal. He has not worked at all since then. He has kept a very low profile for over a year. He attended a treatment center for sex addiction.

New sexual assault allegations were made against Spacey that he fondled a minor’s genitals in 2016. According to BBC, he appeared in court on Monday for the first time in Nantucket, MA. He said nothing during the entire court appearance. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. The judge overseeing the case told Spacey that he must have no contact whatsoever with his accuser or his family. His lawyers tried to get the court to allow Spacey to skip this hearing completely. The court denied this request and forced the actor to show up in person. The judge told Spacey on Monday that he will not need to be present at his next scheduled court appearance. This will take place on March 4th. However, he will need to be able to answer any questions by phone while the hearing is going on.

These two incidents are not the only accusations of sexual misconduct that have been levied against Spacey. There is currently an active investigation in London that is looking into reports that Spacey sexually assaulted several people while he was performing in a play on the city’s famed West End. Spacey recently broke his silence by posting a video on YouTube that shows him in an apron speaking like Frank Underwood, the character he played on “House of Cards.” Many people have criticized the video and called it disturbing. The video is basically Spacey’s way of denying all of the allegations that have been made against him.

It remains to be seen if Spacey will ever work again. He is 59 years old and his net worth is rumored to be in the range of $100 million. Therefore, he certainly does not need to work again for the money. His future will depend on the outcome of the pending case.

Can your genes be used against you?

Over the past several years, consumer DNA testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have grown in popularity as people have been eager to discover what parts of the world make up who they are individually and create a personalized family tree out of it. But, with privacy being a high priority in societies, it’s led to some weariness and speculation around the globe about the use of this information within law enforcement.

It’s worth mentioning that all of these DNA companies were not built the same. For now, it seems the most popular companies (we’ll stick with Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA) will be a tough nut to crack for law enforcement to obtain information that compromises the freedom and privacy of their consumers. But it is possible.

For those concerned about their privacy when testing their DNA, Ancestry says “Contents of communications and any data relating to the DNA of an Ancestry user will be released only pursuant to a valid search warrant from a government agency with proper jurisdiction.” Ancestry also expressed the user will be made aware of this request of their information, unless prohibited not to do so. 23andMe and Family Tree DNA have also expressed the same assurance.

The easiest access law enforcement has to citizens’ DNA data is through a free website, GEDmatch. The way GEDmatch works is, after someone receives their results from well-known companies (Ancestry, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA), he or she can upload their data to GEDmatch to “match” with other relatives who have done the same. This structure allows it to be considered public information because of the free and “at-will” aspects. GEDmatch gained significant attention when law enforcement used its data to solve a cold case that led to the arrest of the Golden State Killer, a suspect who committed at least 13 murders, over 50 rapes and 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986.

These genealogical connections can be made even through related cousins, which is precisely how this serial killer was found, and it doesn’t take long. Although, this can definitely lead to solved cases that would appease many citizens, it opens the door for exposure in other areas some may not consider.

According to an interview of a genealogy detective on CNN, law enforcement will continue to use GEDmatch as a reliable source for DNA evidence as it continues to grow.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/01/05/is-your-dna-test-being-used-by-law-enforcement.cnn

Georgia’s Electronic Voting Network Said To Be Vulnerable To Outside Interference, Challenged In Courts Of Law

Last year, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was barely edged out by longtime Republican politician Brian Kemp, who worked for the state of Georgia as its secretary of state and its chief elections official.

Even though Abrams brought home the W, she and her political friends publicly claimed that Kemp’s party suppressed people belonging to minorities from voting, among other allegations.

Kemp and company have consistently shot down even the most remote possibility of that cluster of allegations being true.

Such controversy in Georgia’s gubernatorial race has prompted computer security experts, advocates of democratic governments that operate with integrity, and even a statewide commission of relevant experts to peer into the potential flaws that Georgia’s old, rusty election system possesses.

Criticisms of Georgia’s statewide voting infrastructure have been floating around since 2002

Georgia has done away with paper ballots for nearly 20 years. While electronic voting systems sound far more secure than their papyrus-based counterparts, they’re actually quite vulnerable to being tainted by mission-minded cybercriminals.

Currently, no vote checks, confirmations, or audits can be conducted on votes cast throughout the state of Georgia. Paper-ballot voting systems have the benefit of being able to be audited, not to mention being able to recount votes in case elections are too close or counted incorrectly.

Lawsuits have been filed against the state of Georgia regarding its insecure electronic voting system

Supported by Ms. Abrams, the nonprofit organization Fair Fight Action submitted a lawsuit contesting the outcome of the 2018 gubernatorial race in the state of Georgia. Filed shortly after the election ended in mid-November, the case is still going through the motions that all cases filed in courts of law go through.

Back in September, United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg entered an opinion on the status of Georgia’s voting system, sharing that “a mounting tide of evidence” points to its statewide polling network being highly susceptible to outside attacks and other major issues that undermine that democratic process. Totenberg chose not to force Georgia to return to using paper ballots in the 2018 midterm elections because they were just a few months away at the time, though she is pushing for Georgia to revamp its system before the next election cycle.

The members of Secure, Accessible, and Fair Elections, a committee dedicated to overhauling the existing outdated system that was created by Kemp, believe the state can choose a reliable alternative before 2020 rolls around.

Marijuana Remains Illegal In Indiana

Lawmakers in Indiana has been pushing for the legislation of recreational and medical marijuana. More states are legalizing marijuana. However, Gov. Eric Holcomb, remains opposed to marijuana legalizing. Marijuana has been legalized in Michigan. Medical marijuana has been legalized in Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

Gov. Eric Holcomb stated that he does not want to legalize marijuana because the federal government says that it is illegal. The federal government currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. This means that it is not accepted for medical use and has a high chance for abuse.

Gov. Holcomb stated that marijuana use is a crime, and he is not willing to look at it any other way. However, he did sign a bill that legalized the sale and use of CBD oil. CBD oil comes from marijuana, but it only has a small amount of THC. Gov. Holcomb stated that marijuana is a gateway drug that could cause people to use more dangerous drugs.

He acknowledged that there may be medical benefits that can be reaped from using marijuana. However, he believes that more research needs to be done in order to study the health effects of it. Karen Tallian is a Democratic senator who supports marijuana legalization. She stated that marijuana legalization is at an all-time high. She believes that all states need to follow suit.

Jim Lucas is a Republican senator who supports marijuana legalization. He stated that people who support marijuana legalization often face opposition. He also pointed out the hypocrisy in marijuana being illegal. He stated that he does not understand how people can be against marijuana legalization and find nothing wrong with someone going to the store and buying liquor.

Gov. Holcomb stated that he is not worried about the state is losing by keeping marijuana illegal. He said that the state is in a good financial position.