Acting DEA chief who criticized Trump plans to quit

The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to leave his post later this month after losing confidence in President Donald Trump’s respect for the law, a source familiar with the decision said Tuesday.

Chuck Rosenberg, a longtime federal prosecutor who was named to oversee the DEA in May 2015, previously served as chief of staff to James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump in May.

Rosenberg’s concerns about Trump went public early last month, after the DEA chief sent an unusual agency-wide memo that essentially rebuked the president. The email followed a suggestion by Trump at a law enforcement-focused speech on Long Island that police were being “too nice” to suspects and might not want to shield their heads from hitting the roof of the police car during arrests.

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Sen. Bob Corker Won’t Run For Re-election

The powerful GOP senator from Tennessee has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.

How to change the system we have (given the system we have)

There have a been a couple great posts this week about the real story of the past election, and how it’s not getting any media coverage. One quote in particular summed it up:

Any Democratic candidate would and will find themselves facing a long running campaign that’s been systematically stacking the deck for decades.

This piece won’t analyze this stacking of the deck. By and large, people have a decent understanding about what this stacking of the deck looks like. 

The important question is: How do we change the system we have—given the system we have?

‘Amnesty Don’? Trump tests the faith of supporters with talk of immigration deal

The president forged a fundamental bond with his voters over ‘the wall’ and other restrictionist policies.

Trump and Democrats strike DACA deal. Yes? No? Sort of? Trump’s world can be confusing.

The president sows low-grade uncertainty in others while operating comfortably from within the maelstrom.

U.N. braces for Trump

President Donald Trump has denounced “the utter weakness and incompetence" of the United Nations, derided it as “a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,” and proposed deep cuts to its U.S. taxpayer funding.

Trump will likely take a more measured approach when he attends the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week, according to sources tracking the issue inside and outside his administration.

In one of his most visible moments yet as a statesman, Trump will deliver a speech to dozens of world leaders on Tuesday in line with past presidential addresses to the annual gathering. Skeptical dignitaries bracing for a Trump tirade should instead expect an address on global hotspots like North Korea and Iran, and issues like famine in Africa. “In many respects this is just going to be business as usual,” a Trump administration official said.

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Cardin: Turkey’s Purchase of Russian missile system may trigger sanctions

Turkey’s recent purchase of an advanced Russian anti-air weapons system may have violated a U.S. law that would require an automatic imposition of sanctions on the NATO member, a top Democratic lawmaker said today.

The letter, sent by Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin to Trump administration officials, warns that Ankara’s purchase of Moscow’s S-400 air defense system, which finalized on Tuesday, violates congressional sanctions against Russia signed into law last month.

The legislation imposes sanctions “on any person that conducts a significant transaction with the Russian Federation’s defense or intelligence sectors,” wrote Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Trump White House resisted the sanctions as a congressional intrusion on presidential diplomacy.

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