DHS Secretary John Kelly: ‘Marijuana Is Not a Factor in the Drug War’ – Alana Abramson Apr 16, 2017`


Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that marijuanais not a factor in the war on drugs, arguing that the biggest problems are found in other substances.

“Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war,” Kelly told NBC News’ Chuck Todd onMeet the Press when asked how marijuana legalization would impede or help this fight. “It’s three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south.”

The solution, said Kelly, won’t come from arrests over drug use.

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Fed Officials Gain Confidence They Can Raise Rates This Year – By Jon Hilsenrath and  Michael S. Derby Updated July 19, 2016 6:03 a.m. ET


A rate increase could come as early as September if economic data hold firm

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee in June.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee in June. — Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Federal Reserve officials are looking more confidently toward an interest-rate increase before year-end, possibly as early as September, now that financial markets have stabilized after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the economy shows signs of picking up.

Officials are almost certain to leave rates unchanged when they meet July 26-27, according to their public comments and interviews with officials. But the message in their postmeeting policy statement could be that the economy is on a more solid footing than appeared to be the case when they last gathered in June, setting the stage for raising rates if the data hold up in the months ahead.

Such a message would get the attention of traders in futures markets, who see low chances for the Fed moving as early as September. In early June, traders on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange placed a probability of greater than 60% that the Fed would raise short-term rates by at least a quarter percentage point by its September policy meeting, according to the CME. The probability dropped sharply after a weak May jobs report and the June 23 Brexit vote and was just 12% on Monday.

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Think Hillary Clinton Will Crush Donald Trump in the General Election? Don’t Be So Sure. – By Josh Voorhies FEB. 24 2016 5:27 PM


Donald Trump supporters stand in the crowd during a Trump rally on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. --  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump supporters stand in the crowd during a Trump rally on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. —
Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

For months, Trump-fearing Republicans and the Trump-skeptical press have consoled themselves with the idea that there were clear limits to the celebrity billionaire’s appeal. But during the Nevada caucus on Tuesday night, Donald Trump gave us all one more giant reason to worry as he wracked up more votes than Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz combined. Trump won a staggering 46 percent of the votes cast in what was a ostensibly a five-man race, far more than his mid-30s peak in the previous three contests and in national polls.

The Republican nomination does not yet belong to Trump: He has long polled better in Nevada than he does nationally, so his apparent momentum may be the result of a scheduling quirk more than anything else. Nonetheless, it’s become increasingly difficult to craft a plausible scenario where any of his rivals can mount the type of comeback they’d need to pass him. It’s unclear they even know where to start.

Trump still has a ceiling—all candidates do, after all—but apparently he can still cram plenty more voters into his luxury hotel ballroom before he reaches it.

Now that the Nevada dust has settled to reveal a towering statue of Trump, you may be nervously asking yourself: What happens if he really does go on to win the nomination? Hillary Clinton would crush him in the general election, right? Right?! PLEASE TELL ME I’M RIGHT!!

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