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U.S. senator slams DEA for barring its chief judge from appearing on Capitol Hill

A high-ranking U.S. senator Thursday accused the Drug Enforcement Administration of silencing its chief administrative judge by barring him from publicly discussing a law that curbed the agency’s enforcement powers against the opioid industry. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told acting DEA administrator Robert W. Patterson that she was dismayed to learn that the judge would not be permitted to appear on Capitol Hill later this month. “The decision to muzzle a critic of this law is unacceptable while the U.S. opioid epidemic rages out of control,” McCaskill wrote. DEA spokeswoman Mary Brandenberger said, “We cannot speak to this.” The Washington Post and “60 Minutes” revealed in a joint investigati...

U.S. senator slams DEA for barring its chief judge from appearing on Capitol Hill

A high-ranking U.S. senator Thursday accused the Drug Enforcement Administration of silencing its chief administrative judge by barring him from publicly discussing a law that curbed the agency’s enforcement powers against the opioid industry. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told acting DEA administrator Robert W. Patterson that she was dismayed to learn that the judge would not be permitted to appear on Capitol Hill later this month. “The decision to muzzle a critic of this law is unacceptable while the U.S. opioid epidemic rages out of control,” McCaskill wrote. DEA spokeswoman Mary Brandenberger said, “We cannot speak to this.” The Washington Post and “60 Minutes” revealed in a joint investigati...

Just how bad are Republicans?

President Trump speaks during a meeting on tax policy with Republican lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 2. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) It turns out that electing President Trump was not the apex of Republicans’ political insanity. Since last November, consider the Trump GOP’s track record: The GOP’s idea of health-care reform was trying to remove millions of people from health-care coverage while giving tax cuts to the super rich. Having learned their lesson (not), Senate Republicans now support a tax bill that will remove millions of people from health-care coverage while giving tax cuts to the super rich — and to big corporations. Its tax plan contains permanent, huge tax breaks for corporations (e.g. reducing the corporate tax rate from 35 p...

Just don’t call what’s happening in Zimbabwe a ‘coup’

A man reads the front page of a special edition of the Herald newspaper about the crisis in Zimbabwe on Wednesday in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Kudzayi Zvinavashe, a Zimbabwean journalist, is a co-founder of the news website Spiked. Zimbabwe is a different place. On Wednesday morning, the nation woke up to the news that the army had taken control. The military announced on state TV and radios — carefully avoiding the words “house arrest” — that it had placed President Robert Mugabe and his family under its protection, stressing that it had guaranteed their safety. “If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said that Grace Mugabe was going to be the president of this nation,” Munyaradzi Dodo, a young Zimbabwean, told me. “Now I think we’re at a tipping ...

Just don’t call what’s happening in Zimbabwe a ‘coup’

A man reads the front page of a special edition of the Herald newspaper about the crisis in Zimbabwe on Wednesday in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) Kudzayi Zvinavashe, a Zimbabwean journalist, is a co-founder of the news website Spiked. Zimbabwe is a different place. On Wednesday morning, the nation woke up to the news that the army had taken control. The military announced on state TV and radios — carefully avoiding the words “house arrest” — that it had placed President Robert Mugabe and his family under its protection, stressing that it had guaranteed their safety. “If you had asked me three days ago, I would have said that Grace Mugabe was going to be the president of this nation,” Munyaradzi Dodo, a young Zimbabwean, told me. “Now I think we’re at a tipping ...

The GOP tax plan is moving forward. It’s a big scam on Trump’s base.

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin If you’re one of those white working class voters who propelled Donald Trump into the presidency and gave Republicans total control of Washington, the GOP has a message for you: Sucker! Today the House will pass its version of a tax reform bill, and if and when the Senate passes its version, the two will be combined in a final bill that will most likely wind up becoming law. We already knew that the House version would raise taxes on tens of millions of Americans — about 36 million, according to figures from the Joint Committee on Taxation, whose job it is to analyze tax bills before they’re voted on. Now we’re learning more about the Senate version: The tax bill Senate Republicans are championing would give large tax cuts to millionaires while raising taxes on Am...

Boomer Esiason: Patriots’ Bennett ‘is living a lie’

CBS analyst Boomer Esiason didn’t hold any punches when commenting on Martellus Bennett’s strange exit from the Packers “I think Martellus Bennett is living a lie. It’s ‘hashtag fake news’ with this guy. He is basically all over the place with his opinions about what happened in Green Bay.” -Boomer Esiason, per WBZ The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” “‘[This] is all about Martellus Bennett getting away from the Green Bay Packers because they lost Aaron Rodgers (to a broken collarbone). And let’s be honest — he wanted to go back to New England, he wants another chance at a ring.” -Boomer Esiason, per “Toucher & Rich” READ MORE SEE LESS

No man accused of sexually harassing a woman is irreplaceable. Not even Al Franken.

From left: Jordan Strauss/Invision; Alex Brandon/AP It’s really the picture that does it. Even by the standards of the sexual harassment stories we’ve heard in recent months, there is something particularly revolting about the sight of Al Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, reaching for the breasts of a sleeping woman, a naughty grin on his face as he turns toward the photographer. For Leeann Tweeden, the woman in the picture, the picture punctuated a bad 2006 USO trip. Tweeden says that though she was only supposed to present and act as a master of ceremonies for the show, Franken wrote a skit that gave him an opportunity to kiss her, and then pressured her to rehearse the scene and the kiss with him and harassed her afterward. Franken, in a statement addressing Tweeden’s al...

Who is Al Franken accuser Leeann Tweeden

Leeann Tweeden alleged today in an online post that Sen. Al Franken forced her to kiss him several years ago when they were both in Afghanistan. She is a radio anchor at Los Angeles station KABC (owned by Cumulus Media) and has worked in sports broadcasting. She currently covers the news during the morning radio show “McIntyre in the Morning” which runs from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m. local time. In the first-person account that she wrote for KABC’s website, in which she accuses Franken of kissing and groping her, Tweeden mentions some of her past modeling work. She writes that she has been on the covers of Playboy, Maxim and FHM. She is married and she has two children – a son, 4, and a 2-year-old daughter. Tweeden’s 2006 USO trip to Afghanistan, when the alleged g...

Danny Masterson rape accuser comes forward to blast Netflix

© Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast As powerful men continue to fall in a long-awaited purge, accusers are quickly finding out that not every allegation is treated equally. At Netflix, there appears to be some sort of a bar for bad men; while the entertainment company has very publicly severed professional ties with comedian Louis C.K. and actor Kevin Spacey, it has been reticent to address sexual assault allegations against The Ranch’s Danny Masterson. The pending case against Masterson first went public last March, when journalist Tony Ortega published a slew of accusations and documents on his blog, The Underground Bunker. Ortega broke the news that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating the Scientologist and actor for “at least three alleged cases of ...