Few messages are more alarming to the parent of a schoolchild than a “lockdown” alert from a school. When an incident near a small Catholic school in Gainesville, Fl. triggered that alert it reinforced some local views that having weapons available in schools made sense. But not everyone in this conservative pro-Trump stronghold agrees.
The Trump administration is seeking to change Obama-era protocols on questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the National Crime Victimization Survey. Some see a pattern of attempts to remove or minimize LGBTQ issues in federal questionnaires and websites.
The White House’s national strategy to combat the opioid crisis, unveiled last week, would expand a particular kind of addiction treatment in federal criminal justice settings: a single drug, manufactured by a single company, with mixed views on the evidence regarding its use. The drug is Vivitrol, manufactured by Alkermes, a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.
A week before Trump was sworn in, Romanian ransomware hackers took over 123 of the Washington police department’s outdoor surveillance cameras. Two men are charged in the case. Federal prosecutors said there was no threat to public safety.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s wide-ranging review of the FBI and Justice Department’s work in the politically charged Hillary Clinton email case looms as a potential landmine for Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.
Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, has undertaken 100 legal or administrative challenges against the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. “We try and protect New Yorkers from those who would do them harm,” he said. “The biggest threat to New Yorkers right now is the federal government.”
President Trump and other politicians used the Nov. 18 death of border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez as political fodder. But six weeks later, there are more questions than answers about how Martinez died.
FiveThirtyEight noticed that the FBI’s 2016 Uniform Crime Report, the first released under the Trump administration, was missing 70 percent of the data tables that were included in past editions. The feds fired back, alleging a “false narrative” and claiming that plans to “streamline” the report date to 2010. FiveThirtyEight’s data sleuths are not convinced.
Current and former Justice Department officials are alarmed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s public suggestion that he may appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. “To have the winning side exploring the possibility of prosecuting the losing side in an election — it’s un-American, and it’s grotesque,” said John Danforth, a former DOJ special counsel.