As president, Joe Biden will seek to remedy a major public policy crisis he helped create as a U.S. senator.
"The Biden administration plans to endorse legislation that would end the disparity in sentences between crack and powder cocaine offenses that President Biden helped create decades ago, according to people with knowledge of the situation — a step that highlights how Biden's attitudes on drug laws have shifted over his long tenure in elected office," The Washington Post reported Monday. "At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Regina LaBelle, the acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, plans to express the administration's support for the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act, or Equal Act. The legislation, which sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), would eliminate the sentencing disparity and give people who were convicted or sentenced for a federal cocaine offense a resentencing."
"For Biden, supporting the bill a follow-though on a campaign promise and a step toward fulfilling it. As a candidate for president in 2020, Biden pledged to support eliminating the sentencing disparity, which critics have said unfairly hurts African Americans. But he did not always feel that way. As a senator in 1986, Biden crafted the bill that enacted steep differences in sentencing. He disavowed it 16 years later," the newspaper noted. "Biden's shift reflects broader changes in the way elected officials have talked about drug offenses and criminal justice over time. The movement has been especially apparent in the Democratic Party. During the 2020 presidential primary, Biden faced sharp criticism from some activists for spearheading a 1994 crime law that has come to be seen broadly in the party as overly harsh, particularly to communities of color."
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Redactions of 'spicy' UFO details will become public: Marco Rubio says 'ain't no way that does't leak'
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was interviewed by TMZ about UFO's at Reagan National Airport on Monday.
The senator was asked about the government's highly anticipated report on UFOs.
"I think we'll have more information, but I think at the end, I don't think people should be expecting that's it's going to answer — there's going to be a lot of questions, even after it," he said.
"But for me, it's about treating this seriously," he said.
Rudio also said that if there was something "spicy" that was redacted in the report, "ain't no way that doesn't leak."
'Anti-democratic' and 'extremely dangerous': Democratic lawmaker slams newly revealed Trump DOJ abuses
On Monday, following reports on how the Justice Department was able to spy on members of Congress under former President Donald Trump, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) tore into federal prosecutors for participating in the politically motivated operation.
"Even if this wasn't directly targeting your own colleagues, is that an excuse, any excuse for these aggressive Justice Department tactics?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"No, Wolf. It's not," said Crow. "I mean, this isn't a policy dispute. We have to be clearly clear about this. This isn't differences of opinion or the best way to fund infrastructure or fund education. This is anti-democratic behavior that was pervasive under the Trump administration, whether it was intentional or unintentional, whether it got swept up or physically targeted, it is all part of the pattern and practice that we saw under those four years that's anti-democratic. It's extremely dangerous. And that's why we have to do things like password-protecting our democracy app, so we're not just relying on people's good intentions in the future. We're actually putting guardrails in place."
"Have you gotten any answers from the attorney general on the scope of this behavior by the Trump Justice Department?" asked Blitzer.
"The DOJ had reached out to the Intelligence Committee and briefed the leadership of the committee and the staff on the number of folks that were included in the subpoenas and the content of that information," said Crow. "I'm not going to go into that right now because there is an internal review, inspector general review, that's ongoing, as there should be. But, you know, I think we have to make sure we are doing a full investigation, whether that's through the DOJ IG or through the House Intelligence Committee, likely DOJ to get some answers here."
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