Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that stops on her "listening tour" throughout the district, like the one held a day earlier in Corona, are "intended for lively, compassionate discourse with a diversity of viewpoints." According to the Democratic nominee in the 14th Congressional District, she and the dozens of area residents who attended the event "talked about race, immigration, healthcare, disability rights and housing." But unless you were in the room on Sunday, you won't know what specific community problems were mentioned or how Ocasio-Cortez planned to address them once she is sworn in. That's because her campaign banned members of the media from attending the event, which was otherwise open to the public.
After months of Donald Trump's controversial clampdown on immigration, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is planning his own border police force to stop undocumented immigrants, drugs and guns from crossing into the country from Central America, his future chief of public security said. Picked by Lopez Obrador, Alfonso Durazo stressed that the new force would be part of a larger regional development effort to ease the poverty and violence that lead so many Central Americans to cross into Mexico.
Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation's deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime. Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants. Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars. In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since.
The Israeli Knesset, the country's legislative body, is moving to decriminalize marijuana with a vote set for this week. If the new law passes, it would replace jail time for most of those guilty of cannabis possession with civil fines. The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee approved the bill Monday and has advanced it to the full Knesset for consideration. The final vote on the measure is expected as soon as Tuesday.
They say "labor shortage" like it's a bad thing. "America's labor shortage is approaching epidemic proportions, and it could be employers who end up paying," CNBC reported this week. That was before yet another monthly jobs report showing solid growth in jobs and wages. I always find this framing to be backward. read more