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Over the summer, Sessions reversed a 2015 policy by then-Attorney General Eric Holder that placed strict limits on so-called “adoptive” forfeitures. Under these kind of forfeitures, state and local agencies can seize cash and other valuable property, transfer what they have confiscated to federal agencies (like the DEA or ICE), who then “adopt” the property to pursue forfeiture under federal law. Typically, forfeiting property under federal law is easier or more lucrative because safeguards for property owners found in many states’ laws are often missing.
The Department’s new policy strengthens the civil asset forfeiture program to better protect victims of crime and innocent property owners, while streamlining the process to more easily dismantle criminal and terrorist organizations.
Moreover, under adoptive forfeitures, participating state and local agencies can collect up to 80 percent of the proceeds from forfeited property. That provides a significant incentive to skirt state law and police for profit. In the year before Holder’s announcement, local and state law enforcement collected $65 million in funding from adoptive forfeitures.
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"Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism," he said through a translator. "Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying our interests first, who cares about the others, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great and what is essential: its moral values."
"I know there are old demons which are coming back to the surface. They are ready to wreak chaos and death," he said. "History sometimes threatens to take its sinister course once again."
It is not often that I give a journalist credit these days but in this case, I do give a salute to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs. Her tweets were very helpful in actually giving the reason behind Trump’s decision. While angry Never Trumpers and their allies in the press were bashing President Trump for bad form in Europe, Jacobs reported that the trip was canceled due to the weather. Rain forced his helicopter to be grounded and Secret Service nixed the trip to the cemetery.
PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) - Two deadly wildfires fueled by "devil winds" tore through opposite ends of California on Sunday, with residents urged to heed evacuation orders by officials forced to leave their own homes.