Saturday, March 24, 2018
Here Are Nine Stories You Don't Wanna Miss!
“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is ‘appropriate,’ saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America’s epidemic of opioid abuse,” Reuters reports. The Attorney General’s remarks came after President Trump announced a detailed plan on the opioid crisis earlier this week.
Senior leaders from across the Administration—including President Trump himself—fielded a range of questions Thursday at Generation Next, a White House forum for millennials. Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump sat down with The Daily Signal for a Q&A, explaining why she thinks “this is a moment of incredible opportunity” for women in America.
On Wednesday, the Trump Administration tapped Dr. Robert R. Redfield, cofounder of the Institute for Human Virology, to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Redfield has “decades of science and clinical work – especially in the field of H.I.V./AIDS.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called Dr. Redfield “peerless” in his depth of experience.
“Trump called for the use of the death penalty in certain drug-trafficking related cases as part of the announcement on Monday of his administration's strategy for combatting the opioid epidemic,” Charles Fain Lehman reports. By Thursday, five Republican lawmakers had announced a new bill that would toughen the charges facing dealers who traffic in fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid.
“The House, spurred on by President Trump, passed a bill on Wednesday that would give patients with terminal illnesses a right to try unproven experimental treatments,” Robert Pear reports. Proponents of the bill say it will “give dying patients a chance to obtain potentially helpful prescription drugs without waiting for the completion of clinical trials.”
On Thursday, President Trump participated in a Q&A with conservative advocate Charlie Kirk at the White House’s Generation Next forum. Their conversation covered taxes, trade policy, and what advice the President would give to a 25-year-old Donald Trump today.
“Investment in infrastructure is coming at just the right time for America,” Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE) writes this week. “Over the past year, the Trump administration has listened to states while developing policy proposals.” Gov. Ricketts joined President Trump at the White House when the President unveiled his plan for rebuilding American infrastructure last month.
Travel for President Obama’s EPA Administrators cost taxpayers roughly $1 million, The Washington Free Beacon reports. “The double-standard couldn't be more clear: Under Barack Obama's EPA the media chose not to report on expenditures to protect the EPA administrator for international travel or the costs of their trips," EPA Spokesman Jahan Wilcox said.