While members of Congress spar over how much of the big health care law they can kill, on a much smaller scale, the U.S. Justice Department has its own case of a federally funded effort that won’t go away, at least so far this year, no matter how hard lawmakers try.
“Keeping this country safe from terrorists is the highest priority of the Trump administration,” said the Justice Department as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, visit the U.S. detention facility and war court.
Before yesterday’s shooting in Virginia, Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism had warned of “left-oriented terrorism,” and predicted “increased activity from people on the left who are very angry about the Trump administration.”
President Trump is seeking a 6.8 percent increase in homeland security funding in the year beginning Oct. 1. David Jackson of the National Association of Counties said that the kind of attacks on soft targets that have occurred in London and Manchester are “part of the new normal.”
The proposed White House budget would cut cash for the program from $605 million to nearly $449 million for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and require cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to pay 25 percent of the grants. Cities successfully denied attempts by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to cut the same grants.
After seven people were killed in London terror attacks, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, says Prime Minister Theresa May should resign because she presided over a sharp cutback in the nation’s police forces. In 2010, May cut police budgets by 18 percent. Over the next five years the number of officers in England and Wales fell from a peak of 144,353 in 2009 to 122,859 in 2016.
Bryan Moles, 43, arrived in the capital from northern Pennsylvania with an AR-15 rifle, a handgun and more than 90 rounds of ammunition and had survival gear to stay until he met President Trump to bring down “big pharmacy and big business medicine.”