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DOJ Report: Ferguson Cops Acted With Racial Bias

The Justice Department is expected to release a report as early as tomorrow that shows Ferguson, Missouri police officers committed civil rights violations.  The investigation was prompted by the August shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white officer.  It was found that police in the St. Louis suburb disproportionately stopped blacks without reasonable suspicion and arrested them without probable cause.  There are also reports of racist jokes in emails by officers and municipal court employees.

House Passes Full DHS Funding Bill

A bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security is headed to the White House after final passage by the House.  The vote was 257-167.  President Obama will sign the measure.  DHS funding had been set to run dry at the end of the week.  House Republicans gave up efforts to link DHS funding to a repeal of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  Senate Democrats repeatedly blocked any effort to tie the DHS budget to Obama’s executive actions. 

DC Fine Tunes New Pot Law

The DC Council has approved emergency legislation that fine tunes the new pot law in the nation’s capital.  The bill bans smoking marijuana in bars, nightclubs and any other business outside residents’ private homes.  Mayor Muriel Bowser wanted the bill to close any loopholes that may arise.  Some had feared that clubs would start charging membership fees to access pot.

President Obama Reacts To Israeli Prime Minister’s Speech

President Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered “nothing new” in his speech to Congress.  Addressing reporters at the White House, the President said while he agrees with some of the issues Netanyahu raised, the prime minister offered no “viable alternatives” to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  Obama said the deal U.S.-led negotiations are hammering out with Iran is the best option.

Harold Fisher

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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