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Archive for October 29th, 2015

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert could spend six months or more in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago to lying to the FBI.

The Associated Press reports that Hastert struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors, who agreed to recommend he serve no more than six months in prison.

But a judge could still go beyond the plea agreement and send the Illinois Republican to prison for up to five years.

The plea deal also meant prosecutors would drop a banking violation charge.

Hastert was accused of handing $100,000 to an anonymous person to keep past misconduct quiet.

Bernie Sanders to Call for Marijuana Being Removed from DEA’s Schedule of Controlled Substances

medical marijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders plans to call for marijuana being removed from the DEA’s schedule of controlled substances in an effort to legalize pot, the Washington Post reports. 

Such a move would give states more control over marijuana. In some states, recreational marijuana is legal. In others, medicinal marijuana is legal.

But because the DEA classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, the states technically are violating federal law, which considers pot to have no medically accepted use.

“The time is long overdue for us to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs,” Sanders said in prepared remarks given to the Post by his campaign. “In my view, states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco.”

Click here to see seven ways that the change would impact marijuana.

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FBI Agent Admits He Tipped Off Media About Raid on Chaka Fattah Jr.’s Home

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent admitted from the witness stand Wednesday that he leaked information on the raid on Chaka Fattah Jr.’s home in Philadelphia, Philly.com reports. 

Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., said he’s considering seeking a mistrial in a federal case involving bank- and wire-fraud charges.

FBI Special Agent Richard Haag acknowledged during testimony that he contacted a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter to ask questions about the case.

The agent said he tipped off the reporter about the raid at Fattahs home in exchange for information on contracts obtained by for-profit companies from school districts.

“I knew that someone had leaked it,” Fattah said. “But I didn’t know who.”

Fattah, who has been indicted on 23 counts of bank and wire fraud, said he lost $1 million in contracts because of the media.

My business has been ruined,” Fattah said. “My life is ruined.”

Should U.S. Build a Wall at Border of Canada? Congress Wants a Study of Threat

border patrol helicopterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican candidates for president have been mocked for wanting to build a wall between the U.S. and Canadian border.

Now Congress is worried and passed a bill to require Homeland Security to determine whether the northern border is a threat to the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

The Northern Border Patrol Council, which represents officers, supported the move.

We’ve always said that illegal immigration is like water — it’s going to take the path of least resistance,” said Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council. “The northern border is a vulnerability, and it always has been.”

About 2,000 Border Patrol agents protect the 5,500-mile border between the U.S. and Canada.