[Politico] Kamala Harris said police shootings and cases of alleged brutality by law enforcement officials should be handed off to independent investigators, breaking with her long-held resistance to taking prosecutorial discretion away from locally elected district attorneys.
Harris, a former career prosecutor and California attorney general, had long advocated in favor of preserving prosecutorial discretion, taking heat from civil rights activists and African American leaders in her state. While running for Senate in 2016, she was criticized for withholding her support for state legislation requiring the Attorney General’s office to independently probe fatal police shootings. Now, campaigning for president, Harris was asked about her stance amid calls for more scrutiny over the investigative process.
"I believe the best approach is to have independent investigations," Harris said in a Monday interview on MSNBC.
When Harris addressed the question head-on in 2014, she took the opposite approach. Harris said she didn’t think it good public policy to take the discretion from elected district attorneys. "I don’t think there’s an inherent conflict. ... Where there are abuses, we have designed the system to address them," she told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Just how prevalent are these instances of 'police brutality' (a semi-subjective term in itself)? They're likely low by two objective criteria (historical averages and compared to other Western countries), so I doubt it's something that's warranted unless the goal is to score cheap political points.
[Breitbart] Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union," Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was "courageous" for concluding President Donald Trump committed "impeachable conduct."
Romney said, "I think every individual has to make their own judgment. I think it helps to actually have read the entire document. It’s a long document. It took me two full days to get through it. The second volume is more difficult to get through than the first. Hopefully, more people read it. I think a lot of people want to reserve judgment until this is played out. My own view is that Justin Amash has reached a different conclusion than I have. I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement. But I believe to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document. And I also believe that an impeachment call is something that not just relates to the law but considers practicality and politics. I think those considering impeachment, you have to look at the jury, which is the Senate. The Senate is certainly not there either."
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful... is unveiling a pay inequity proposal that aims to close the gender pay gap by holding corporations accountable when men are paid more than women.
Harris’ plan would require companies to disclose pay policies while applying for a mandatory "Equal Pay Certification" from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Companies that fail to achieve certification would be fined 1% of their profits for every 1% wage gap they allow to persist for work of equal value.
The US senator from Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, says $180 billion would be generated over 10 years, with fines decreasing over time as companies strengthen their equal pay practices.
"Kamala Harris has a simple message for corporations: Pay women fairly or pay the price," her campaign said in announcing the plan Monday, noting that the burden has been on workers to hold corporations accountable for pay discrimination.
Passed in 1963, the Equal Pay Act prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require substantially equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions.
tl;dr: Equal Pay is already the law, Kamala. Complete with legal penalties.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.