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Matt Ferner

Mock Ad For New DEA Chief Shows What It Takes To Be A 'Real' Drug Warrior | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

A leading drug policy reform group has created a satirical ad seeking a new Drug Enforcement Administration chief that skewers the DEA in the wake of ...

Friday Talking Points -- Run, Bernie, Run!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bernie Sanders deserves the Most Impressive Democrat award this week, because he threw his hat in the ring. No, he is not Elizabeth Warren. But, more importantly, he is running to become president, which she is not.

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Laura Carlsen

Congress must thoroughly review the tactics that place agents and contractors in cozy contact with the cartels they are supposed to be dismantling. It must also take this opportunity to consider whether the DEA is fulfilling its mandate -- and to reassess that mandate.

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Encourage Obama To Select A Progressive New DEA Chief | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

In a letter sent Friday, a group of lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to select a more progressive head of the Drug Enforcement Administrati...

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart To Resign Amid 'Sex Party' Scandal, Policy Disagreements | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The embattled head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign next month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. D...

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

Matt Ferner

Lawmakers Declare 'No Confidence' In DEA Chief | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers said Wednesday that they have no confidence in Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart. Th...

Ryan J. Reilly

None Of The Agents Involved In DEA 'Sex Parties' Were Fired. Some Even Got Promoted. | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration defended herself on Tuesday against charges by skeptical members of Congress that the DE...

Facebook Calls Out DEA Over Sketchy Practice

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology

ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Official Reportedly Accused Lawmakers Of 'Supporting Criminals' For Backing This Bill | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Drug Enforcement Administration official reportedly accused sponsors of a prescription drug bill that unanimously passed the House...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Struggles To Explain Position On Drug Sentencing Reform | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top official at the Drug Enforcement Administration struggled to explain her position on drug sentencing reforms that are backed by ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Leadership Blasted In Report On Student Left In Cell For Days | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leadership of the Drug Enforcement Administration comes under fire in a report issued by the Justice Department Office of the Inspec...

DEA Is Absolutely Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

Sam Tracy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Since the LA Times piece went to print, the DEA and other Drug Warriors lost skirmishes -- and even a few battles -- in the war on marijuana politics literally every single day:

Ryan J. Reilly

Doctors Say DEA Blackmailed Them Over Medical Marijuana Ties | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration are being accused of threatening doctors affiliated with medical marijuana dispe...

Ryan J. Reilly

House Gives A Raise To DEA As Congressman Asks Why | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House of Representatives from both parties took aim at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday, even as the House...

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Leaps To Defense Of DEA Chief Against 'Nixonian' Obama Administration | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) this week jumped to the defense of Michele Leonhart, the Drug Enforcement Administration head who has recently b...

'Dancing On The Ashes Of The Drug War'

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki told the performers in his new video to imagine they were "dancing on the ashes of the drug war," he says. Th...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief Dials Back Drug War Bluster After Talk With Holder | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart and her boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, appear locked in a bureaucratic staring matc...

DEA Chief Michele Leonhart Should Resign

Bill Piper | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Piper

DEA Administrator Leonhart is virtually the only person left who still zealously supports the failed war on drugs. The U.S. and the rest of the world are moving toward an approach that prioritizes public health and legal regulation -- but she remains hopelessly committed to the failed war-on-drugs approach.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is refusing to support a bill backed by the Obama administration that would lower the le...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Marijuana Legalization In Washington And Colorado | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder is "cautiously optimistic" about how things are going in Washington state and Colorado following the ...

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Please, Think Of The Dogs Before You Legalize Pot | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, has a message for those considering legalizing marijuana: Please, thi...