Police officerst arrested the suspect in an assault with a dangerous weapon incident that took place early Sunday morning in the Cardozo area, according to a police release.
On Jan. 19, at about 3:20 a.m., the suspect and victim were arguing in the 1300 block of U Street, N.W., when the suspect pulled out a gun and assaulted the victim.
Officers responding to the scene arrested Edward Morgan, 40, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, charging him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). Upon investigation, officers determined the assault was the result of an argument between two known parties.
China is the perfect market for contrarian investors – and is too big to be overlooked
Quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind – characteristics of the Rat, whose year begins on Saturday in China. Faced with a hostile trading partner across the Pacific and unrest on both flanks at home, Beijing is going to need all of those and more in the year ahead.
Investors, too, will be hoping for a change in the market mood in Shanghai and Shenzhen, where China’s principal stock exchanges are.
The past 10 years have not been kind to anyone fooled into thinking that significantly higher economic growth in China than in the developed world would naturally translate to stock market outperformance: New York’s S&P500 index almost trebled – China’s equivalent CSI300 added just 20pc.
China was in the headlines last week for a couple of reasons. Neither provided much cheer for long-suffering investors in the world’s second largest economy.
The first, the signing of a phase one trade deal with the US, is on the face of it good news. After two years of tariff tit for tat, Beijing and Washington came together to agree at least a truce.
President Donald Trump was in Wisconsin again this week. It is a state that he must win to ensure his reelection in 2020. He should win. But only if his supporters get out and tell the story of his positive impact on people all across that state — and around the country.
New jobs numbers last week showed that unemployment in America is the lowest level in 50 years at 3.5 percent. Traditionally low unemployment is a path to victory and high unemployment is a trail to defeat. Former President Barack Obama defied that logic with his reelection in 2012. Swing voters in battleground states personally liked him, even if they didn’t like his policies. And his campaign was quite effective at making his opponent unlikable to a majority of that same group of voters.
In 2020, Mr. Trump’s policies are working and people like the strong economy. Unfortunately, some of the all-important swing voters in battleground states do not like many of his comments and tweets.
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To win in Wisconsin (and in turn America), the president and his team will have to do two things quite well:
• Explain to voters how the president’s policies are actually working for the country and making their lives and the lives of their families better now and in the future.
• Define his opposition as having ideas that would make their lives and the lives of their families worse in the future.
These are simple concepts but will require a comprehensive plan to implement in Wisconsin — as well as in key states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
For those who complain about the tone of the president, in his comments and tweets, I remind them that Washington, D.C., is full of politicians who say all the right things but don’t accomplish squat for the American people. On the other hand, the president may not talk or tweet the way many of us do in the country, but he is getting the job done.
Massive tax cuts for the middle class and other hard-working taxpayers. Regulatory reform is encouraging job growth and greater entrepreneurship. As mentioned, 50-year lows in unemployment as well as dramatic wage growth. Solid judicial nominations that uphold the Constitution. Sound foreign policy victories such as removing two leaders of some of the great terrorist threats in the world.
Any number of these policy victories would be a path to reelection for almost anyone else. At the same time, the media continues to condemn and misinterpret the actions of Mr. Trump and his administration.
To win will require thousands of grassroots volunteers to reach out to family and friends, neighbors and co-workers plus people we worship with each week to get the truth out about the president — as well as his opponents.
Thankfully, Mr. Trump does a better job of defining his opposition than anyone in modern history. He will need to be at his best in 2020.
Democrats will gather for their national convention just a block away from where Mr. Trump just held his rally in Milwaukee. I would not be surprised if he returned to Wisconsin during that same time to hold a rally and dominate the media coverage.
And why not? As much as many elements of the national media seem to vehemently hate the president, they can’t stop talking about him.
When the DNC converges in downtown Milwaukee, I can easily see Mr. Trump holding a massive rally nearby. What a great opportunity to remind voters in Wisconsin, as well as the rest of the country, of how radical the beliefs of his opponents are going into the fall campaign.
Voters already started to back away from the government-run health care plan being pushed by many of the candidates. They want some reasonable reforms in health care but they don’t want to completely lose their own plans.
And they certainly don’t want to see the major tax creases that will come from a massive expansion of the federal government. The more voters hear about the price tag, the worse for the Democrats.
Throw in aggressive plans by Mr. Trump to drain the swamp through term limits and repealing the exemption on Obamacare for members of Congress and their families and you can see that the president has a path to success in 2020. Contrast that with former Vice President Joe Biden who is a creature of the swamp or U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who work in it.
The more Mr. Trump and his supporters get out the facts about his positive record combined with the truth about the Democrats plans for America, the more likely a solid Republican win will be in 2020. As in 2016, voters in Wisconsin will help lead the way.
• Scott Walker was the 45th governor of Wisconsin. You can contact him at [email protected] or follow him @ScottWalker.
As a backstop after Brexit Britain should negotiate trade deals with some US states. Same time Boris Johnson tries to seal free trade agreement with USA.
Liam Fox will point out that four US states – California, Texas, Florida and New York – would be members of the G20 if they were independent nations, and that many deals could be struck with states, rather than the US as a whole.
While tariffs on goods can only be negotiated by Washington, deals on services, which account for the majority of Britain’s transatlantic trade, can be sealed on a state level, unlocking billions of pounds of business for the UK economy.
Dr Fox will tell a conference in Geneva that free trade agreements are not “the only mechanism” to generate huge volumes of business between countries such as the UK and the US.
He will say that a comprehensive free trade agreement with the US will encounter “unavoidable difficulties” because “the US will, quite correctly, negotiate hard for its own interests” and “is likely to focus on better access for its agricultural products”.
States of America are hasting into the business of selling marijuana alongside the already-legalized medical variety. For new customers its a new form of self-entertainment. For government, it’s a fresh market to tax. Sadly, the economic benefits of joining the pot parade might not outweigh the resulting human costs.
Illinois is the most recent state to green-light the seven-pronged herb, making it legal for recreational use on Jan. 1, following Michigan by a month. Already the psychoactive drug is proving to be a hit with residents in the Land of Lincoln. Numerous state-licensed marijuana dispensaries, including half of those in Chicago, sold out during the first week of business and closed their doors temporarily in order to restock.
The tax rate on Illinois’ pot products varies from 10 percent for cannabis with a THC concentration of less than 35 percent, to 20 percent for THC-infused munchies, to 25 percent for goodies loaded with THC above 35 percent and able to produce the highest high.
Statewide, sellers reported 271,000 transactions worth $10.8 million so far, and industry experts are expecting sales to reach $420 million in Illinois by year’s end and hoping tax revenue generated for the state treasury approaches $57 million.
That’s a lot of green, but not nearly enough for a money-hungry state ruled by a host of tax-and-spenders. Annual budget deficits top $3 billion and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, is calling for the adoption of a progressive “fair tax” that would target high earners with higher taxes. Accordingly, Illinois residents would need to out-smoke the wildfires of Australia to pay off the debts incurred by their political leaders.
Other states are equally high on the prospect of new riches derived from the cannabis market. With the addition of Illinois, 11 states allow its sale for recreational use, and medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 states.
Unique twists in Illinois’ legislation demonstrate that legalization is about more than just the lust for lucre. It’s about making marijuana mainstream. The new law empowers the governor to expunge criminal records of thousands of small-time drug users. In short order, they could make a new start as, well, drug dealers — licensed by the state. It also channels pot sales tax revenue to poor communities impacted by the war on drugs. Is this a great country or what?
While the world of weed has turned over a new leaf, some facts have not budged. Cannabis is still prohibited by federal law, setting up a legal enigma. As residents of Illinois, individuals of legal age may purchase the drug, but as Americans, they may not. It’s one of life’s little conundrums, kind of like how physicists tell us light can be both a wave and a particle at the same time. Rather than risk a headache trying to sort it out, enthusiasts in pot’s expanding domain can kick back with a joint and watch the authorities arrest each other.
There is another worry to consider: Marijuana is still a threat to human health. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that pot has 11.8 million young American adult users, and growing numbers of teenagers toke it daily. Among the drug’s short-term effects are changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving, impaired memory and, when taken in high doses, hallucinations, delusions and psychosis.
Describing long-term effects, the institute cites a New Zealand study in collaboration with Duke University that found heavy weed use during teen years “lost an average of 8 IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38.” Lest it be thought that federal killjoys may have failed to stay current with the golden age of grass, their warning is recent — dated December 2019.
Marijuana legalization advocates argue that if Americans are allowed to pickle themselves with alcohol, it’s only fair that they should be free to stone themselves, too. The line of reasoning is a little like arguing that as long as daredevils are still showing up to ride a faulty roller coaster, yesterday’s fatal accident is no cause to shut it down. As Forrest Gump reminded, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
As the pot parade picks up momentum, it has yet to be determined whether revenue from drug sales will cover the inevitable rise in the human costs of mind-bending recreation.
You have to pity the bombshell-shocked American citizen trying to take seriously all the “shocking,” “stunning” and “bombshell” news coming out of Washington these days.
It is a little maddening — though mostly amusing — watching Rachel Maddow and the breathless news wags on MSNBC and CNN contorting themselves during interviews with greasy “witnesses” to supposedly nefarious behavior in Ukraine as to why exactly what they are claiming is so important and damning.
Or, “bombshell!,” as they like to say. And, certainly, “impeachable!”
HINT: If it takes exhaustive and complicated explanations to pinpoint precisely why something is a “bombshell,” then it is not a “bombshell.” That is the point of a “bombshell.” It is so powerful that it does not need to come wrapped in complicated explanations.
But there is no rabbit hole these people will not venture down in pursuit of President Trump. There is no zany conspiracy theory they will not gulp down to keep the party going. And there is no arcane strip of federal code from centuries gone by that they won’t dust off to construct their rickety case for impeachment.
Just ask Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chairman and a newly ordained impeachment manager. He got thoroughly snookered by a couple of gonzo radio goofs pretending to be Ukrainians with naked pictures of Mr. Trump.
Of course, the raunchy pervert happily went along — anything to get his grubby little hands on nudie pictures of Mr. Trump. It really is astonishing that these people are taken seriously anywhere outside the peep-show booths that used to populate Times Square.
But these days, in the salons of CNN and MSNBC, they are treated like hallowed oracles.
Remember Michael Avenatti? The sleazy lawyer that former journalists at CNN and MSNBC were just a year ago breathlessly pitching as the next Democratic presidential nominee? The moral juggernaut who could really take down Mr. Trump?
Yeah, well he got arrested and tossed in the clink this week — again! — over his actual conspiracies to defraud others, including the celebrated adult film star client whom he rode to fame and cable news celebrity.
It is actually hard not to begrudgingly admire these people for their complete lack of shame. I mean, just think of all the lies you could have gotten away with and all the money you could have stolen if you were as utterly devoid of conscience as these people.
Their latest star witness is Lev Parnas, all greased up for his prime-time interview with Rachel Maddow. I do have to say, where does Rudolph W. Giuliani find these characters?
Unsurprisingly, Mr. Parnas is charged with violations of federal campaign finance laws — despite supposedly being thick as thieves with Mr. Trump and Attorney General William Barr, whose Justice Department charged Mr. Parnas for federal crimes.
Also unsurprisingly, Mr. Parnas under indictment has turned on his former allies. Which is why he was sitting with Ms. Maddow. When he was not spinning complex webs of unsubstantiated claims about Mr. Trump and Mr. Barr, he was watching Ms. Maddow weave even more complex webs explaining how everything was a “bombshell.”
Watching it was like arriving late at a huge party where everybody has been drinking for hours and clearly a few of the ringleaders are doing way more than just drinking and you are stone-cold sober. Trying to follow along. It is difficult.
• Charles Hurt can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter on @charleshurt.
The first stages to examinate prescription drug prices in Maryland officially began Monday. Prescription Drug Affordability Board held its first meeting in Annapolis.
The five-member Prescription Drug Affordability Board comprised of college professors, an ophthalmologist and the state’s former health secretary has the authority to asses and recommend on how to make drugs more affordable for Maryland residents. It’s also the nation’s first ever board created to analyze a cap on drug prices to make them affordable.
“This is a pretty diverse state. What we would want to be as a board is that we’re careful and aware that this touches everyone,” said Eberechukwu Onukwugha, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore. “I want to leverage that diversity to understand how this hits everyone in their pocket, or not.”
State lawmakers established the board last year as an independent body to provide suggestions on reducing the high cost of drugs.
Monday’s discussion at the Senate building mainly focused on a summary of its duties, staffing and future sessions.
Michael Lord, executive director of the state’s Ethics Commission, reviewed certain ethics laws the new board must follow.
For instance, a member must disclose any gifts that total $50 or more received from certain entities such as a lobbyist, or an agency that will do business with the board.
Another board member, Gerard F. Anderson, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, asked if travel expenses would count as gifts.
“Those would be gifts, but you would certainly want to talk with us,” Lord said. “Travel expenses by and large I would say would be problematic.”
The other three board members are Van Mitchell, a former state health secretary and board chair, George S. Malouf Jr., an ophthalmologist, and Joseph Levy, a professor at John Hopkins University.
Mitchell presented a few updates such as a possible official location in Prince George’s County.
The group to seeks to employ four people: an executive director, general counsel, pharmacist and a person to handle administrative functions. A consultant may also be retained to help with financial matters on health and other matters.
Although the board has a budget of more than $700,000 for this year, proposed legislation could be presented this month to ask state lawmakers to ensure a recurring budget gets approved so the board wouldn’t need to continuously pursue funding annually.
The board has until 2023 to officially present recommendations to the legislature.
Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative that helped craft and push the legislation last year, said officials and advocates from several states such as Illinois, Vermont and Hawaii. He said he plans on visiting Wisconsin in the near future.
“This law is going to work because the people chosen for the board are terrific,” he said. “We have full confidence that these five folks will make sure that this board does all it can to make prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders.”
Residents who cannot attend any meetings in Annapolis can post comments online at www.healthcareforall.com.
But community sessions will be held throughout the state for residents to attend and share their concerns about the high cost of prescription drugs. One already was held Jan. 6 in Howard County.
Three more are scheduled for Feb. 18 in Baltimore County, April 14 in Harford County and April 30 at the Frederick Senior Center in Frederick County.
Others are planned in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. A joint session may take place for those in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, according to the board’s agenda.
“That’s why I like the combination of the research … as well as these listening sessions,” said Onukwugha, who is also executive director of the pharmaceutical research computing center at the school of pharmacy. “That gives the public an opportunity to step forward with their individual stories. We have to present a comfortable environment for them to speak.”
Yesturday Kim Kardashian West said she had successfully completed her first year of law studies. Now she is preparing to release a documentary about her advocacy work.
“Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project” will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5. The two-hour film will show West visiting prisons and working alongside legal experts on four cases of people they believe have been unfairly sentenced.
West is best known for developing beauty and fashion products and chronicling her life with her sisters on TV’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” She became interested in criminal justice reform after helping to win the release two women from prison.
At a discussion about her new documentary, West was asked how she would respond to people who may think she had attached herself to the cause in order to burnish her well-known brand.
“I’m very used to criticism, so nothing really fazes me,” West said at the event organized by the Television Critics Association.
“I really genuinely just stay focused on the cases and the people,” she added. “I’m not doing it for publicity. I really do care.”
West, 39, said she works daily on her law studies for a total of 20 hours per week and just completed her first year of a four-year apprenticeship program in California. She is aiming to take the bar exam in 2022.
Her late father, Robert Kardashian, was a prominent Los Angeles lawyer who was part of the legal team that represented football star O.J. Simpson in his 1995 trial and acquittal for double murder.
Vince DiPersio, an executive producer of “The Justice Project,” said West was taking on a “fair amount of risk” by advocating for the release of prisoners.
“She is a nationally known figure and she has a big brand. God forbid someone gets out and does something terrible, but Kim is willing to take that risk,” he said.
In 2018, West successfully lobbied President Donald Trump to commute the life sentence of a 63-year-old Tennessee woman convicted of a first drug offense. In early 2019, she helped win clemency for another Tennessee woman who had been convicted as a teenager of murdering a man who paid to have sex with her.
Some of the people featured in the documentary were brought to West’s attention by letters sent directly to her. She said she works on some of the cases herself and sends others to attorneys she believes can help.
West said she hopes the documentary will convince viewers that there are people who deserve a second chance even if they were involved in a violent crime.
“You really have no idea what was on the other end and what led them to those decisions,” West said. “I hope people can be more empathetic.”
The lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton’s White House affair was added to Tpamp’s defence team for the Senate impeachment trial.
Alan Dershowitz, the former, is one of America’s best-known celebrity lawyers, having represented boxer Mike Tyson, billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Ken Starr is a conservative hero who as special prosecutor probed Mr Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, ultimately triggering the then US president’s impeachment. His ‘Starr Report’ contained graphic details of their sexual encounters.
Both men have made regular appearances on Fox News, Mr Trump’s favourite cable news channel, in recent years as the threat of impeachment hung over the US president, often making arguments backing him up.
US media outlets widely reported the addition of both men to Mr Trump’s legal team on Friday along with a third, Robert Ray, who helped investigate Mr Clinton’s presidency, including the so-called Whitewater scandal.
The seventh Democratic debate got underway this week, and it was another echo chamber among the candidates on several important policy issues, including energy production. And even though increased energy production has cut costs for families — at the pump and in-home utility bills. With little exception, the Democratic candidates have adopted the same extreme platform in favor of banning offshore oil and natural gas production. While anti-energy and anti-offshore policies are bad news for America, they are especially troubling for many African American communities.
Energy bans do nothing to help our country, they only force hardworking American families to look to elsewhere — to countries like Russia and Iran — to meet their energy demands. Along with higher energy prices, energy bans will mean jobs and economic growth flow overseas with hard-earned dollars. An energy reality of foreign dependence, which is already seen in states like California and Massachusetts, is a bleak future that the Democratic candidates should fight against.
Instead, the candidates who want to ban offshore oil and gas development are not just isolated among the extreme fringes of the Democratic field, they are mainstream politics for Democratic candidates. Each of the front running candidates has unveiled their own plan to lock away new offshore oil and gas leasing.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said she would place a “total moratorium” on offshore leasing on the first day of her presidency. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said he was willing to “sacrifice” high-paying and accessible oil and natural gas jobs. Sen. Bernie Sanders has said oil and natural gas executives should be “criminally prosecuted.” Rhetoric calling for blanket energy bans should be thoroughly rejected.
Reduced American energy production would mean devastatingly higher energy costs for American families. In many communities, energy burdens make up a much higher percentage of families’ monthly budget. Transportation costs are much higher for low-income families. The average household in the U.S. spends 20% of its income on transportation. For low-income households, this figure can be high as 30%. The same trend holds true for household energy costs. A 2015 Department of Energy report found that 25 million American households skipped food and medicine to pay for energy, with 7 million reporting they did so every month.
In states like South Carolina and Georgia, the black unemployment rate is 2.5 times the white unemployment rate. Along with a higher vulnerability to energy prices, communities simply do not have a pipeline of steady, good-paying jobs. African American communities need an economic lifeline to escape generational poverty.
Offshore access can be a powerful policy to eliminate enduring energy poverty in our nation. Thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the economy that could be generated by offshore access. These economic outlets that minority communities desperately need. Oil and natural gas jobs are stable, high paying and are accessible with a high school diploma and on the job training.
Offshore oil and natural gas production do more than make sure smartphones are charged and gas tanks are filled (though they do that exceedingly well). Oil and natural gas are literally the building blocks of a high standard of living. Modern medicine, computers and smartphones, fertilizer, eyewear and clothing and all sorts of sports and recreational equipment are manufactured with components derived from oil and natural gas. Eliminating American oil and natural gas production means the things that make modern life, well, modern will become more expensive and out of reach for many Americans.
While Sens. Warren and Sanders and former Vice President Biden may be personally able to afford to say no to oil and natural gas jobs, many American communities do not have that luxury. Just five years ago, oil prices were $106 per barrel. This year, the short-lived oil price high was only $65. We cannot take for granted our nation’s energy or economic snapshot; we all know how it can change almost overnight.
Balancing energy and quality of life is an easy formula. Our elected officials can, and should, pursue as many economic opportunities for its citizens as it can. Fortunately, offshore energy development provides a strong policy that can advance the well-being and security of every American.
Derrick Hollie is a political analyst and president of Reaching America, an organization addressing complex social issues affecting African American communities.