Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach went after President Trump on Tuesday, branding him a "fascist, loofa-faced ---," and challenging him to "come after me." Leach, a Philadelphia-area Democrat, posted a Politico report on Facebook about the president's recent White House meeting with county sheriffs from across the country. During the meeting, one sheriff brought up civil asset forfeiture, a practice allowing law enforcement to seize money and property belonging to individuals accused of committing a crime, even before a verdict is handed down. The sheriff, from Rockwall County, Texas, griped about a Texas state senator seeking to change the law so that a conviction would be required before a suspect's assets could be seized. read more
The Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to "matryoshka" nesting dolls in his image. But according to Gennady Gudkov, a Putin critic and former lawmaker, Russia is in the grip of "Trumpomania" ... For Russian nationalists, Trump's inauguration is an excuse to mix fun with self-promotion. They are holding an all-night party at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow where they will showcase their favorite prop, a triptych of Putin, Trump and French Front National leader Marine Le Pen. Konstantin Rykov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker and one of the event's promoters, said on social media it was right to celebrate the first phase of the "New World Order."