US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. The… (more…)

Trump to seek death penalty for drug dealers: WH official

US President Donald Trump will present on Monday his plan to combat an opioid abuse epidemic which will include seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers. The Department of Justice “will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers, where appropriate under current law,” a White House official indicated Sunday whilst outlining the plan’s main points. The… Read more

Russia Says 500 Years of Western Rule Coming to an End

Russia has refused to answer any ultimatums from the U.S. or any of its allies, saying the West-led world order was no more and Moscow would pursue its own foreign policy path, despite new challenges across the globe and beyond. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a forum promoting investment in his country that many other… Read more

Trump Has Sold Millions In Real Estate To Secret Buyers

Even after taking office, President Donald Trump sold more than $35 million worth of real estate last year to secretive buyers. Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in Las Vegas last year to people who used limited liability companies (LLCs), which allow them to hide their identities, a USA Today review found. The president can withdraw… Read more

Retail alert: Sam’s Club is abruptly closing locations nationwide

Bad news for Sam’s Club members! The Walmart-owned warehouse club has abruptly shut down multiple locations across the country, according to local media reports. Closures have reportedly taken place in Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere — without warning. RELATED: Macy’s, Sears and Kmart closing sales: 3 things you need to know… Read more

2 dogs die, 1 injured after PetSmart groomings, owners say

Danielle DiNapoli was shocked to be told her beloved bulldog, Scruffles, was dead just one hour after being dropped off on Dec. 29 for a grooming at a Hunterdon County PetSmart. DiNapoli said she wasn’t told how Scruffles died, and it will take weeks before a necropsy, the canine equivalent to an autopsy, will be complete.… Read more

Why Are Politicians Allowed To Vote On A Bill They Profit From?

Members of Congress who voted to pass the tax reform bill could financially benefit from it, as International Business Times has reported. Specific provisions in the bill ranging from tax reductions on pass-through real estate LLCs to flat tax deductions for oil and gas master limited partnerships are likely to have a significant impact on some… Read more

Republicans Refusing To Continue Trump Investigation

Republicans are refusing to name new witnesses in the Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election and may be prematurely winding down the probe, according to the ranking Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee. Firing off a nine-tweet thread on Friday, Adam Schiff (D–California) warned he had become “increasingly… Read more

Genetic Tests Could Allow Companies to Exploit You

Learning your ancestry just got a lot more complicated. DNA testing kids could be used against consumers because the companies that harvest genetic codes can sell the information, Senator Chuck Schumer warned on Sunday, ahead of Cyber Monday sales. Third parties can purchase the DNA information harvested from saliva or hair by such companies as AncestryDNA… Read more

The 1 Percent Now Have Half the World’s Wealth

The richest 1 percent of the world’s population owns more than half of household wealth with their share skyrocketing since the global financial crisis, a new report says. The annual Global Wealth Report, published Tuesday by Credit Suisse, points out that while the top 1 percent and 10 percent of the world’s richest saw their share… Read more

Trump’s Ability to Go Nuclear Has Congress Scared

It would take just five minutes from the time President Donald Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons—perhaps after being provoked by the latest insult from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—for them to be fired. That alarming scenario involving a president who has shown a thin skin and a propensity for rash decisions has prompted… Read more

Jared Kushner linked to man named in ‘Paradise Papers’

One of Russia’s leading tech financiers, an associate of White House aide Jared Kushner, funneled Kremlin investments to Facebook and Twitter, according to the so-called “Paradise Papers” leak of millions of sensitive documents exposing the murky world of offshore tax havens. The revelation adds fresh fuel to congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential… Read more

The 1 Percenters Are Middle Class: House Republicans

That’s rich! Republicans suddenly believe that one percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed. On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers… Read more

Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. “We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro,… Read more

Hearing Exposes Government Agencies’ Waste-Spending Bonanza

For the men and women who run federal government agencies, nothing is more tragic than finishing the fiscal year with money that has not been spent. That was the clear takeaway from a little-noticed hearing Wednesday at the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee. Three experts testified that there is clear evidence that agencies rush… Read more

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against… Read more

Thank God… Police and mayor apologize for the violent arrest of a nurse who was following protocol

SALT LAKE CITY – The mayor of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City police are apologizing after reports and a video surfaced of a detective arresting a nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient. The Salt Lake City Tribune reported Thursday that bodycam footage and video from University Hospital show Detective Jeff… Read more

How Big Pharma Secretly Funds The Fight To Keep Drug Prices High

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise in the nation that already pays the most in the world for medications, federal legislators and ballot-measure committees are proposing ways to curb those prices. But pharmaceutical companies, worried their profit margins will decline under the pending proposals, are spending millions of dollars against the initiatives —… Read more

Gary Cohn’s NEC Has Been Lobbied By Goldman Sachs-Backed Groups

Corporate lobbying groups linked to Goldman Sachs have directly lobbied the White House’s National Economic Council headed by Goldman’s immediate past president Gary Cohn, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. Cohn previously pledged to recuse himself from any Goldman-related matter, but there is no indication he recused himself from the matters that the… Read more

The Health Insurance Industry Has A Candidate For Governor

As health insurance premiums inexorably rise and Democratic voters increasingly warm to the idea of government-sponsored health care, private insurers have funneled big money to political groups, helping ward off state single-payer proposals. Now in one of the highest-profile races of 2018, the industry appears to be taking the next step: running one of its own… Read more

Al Gore’s Nashville estate expends 21 times more energy a year than typical U.S. home, study says

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report. A report by the National Center for Public Policy Research – self-described as a nonpartisan, independent conservative think tank – said that according to data… Read more

Are PayDay Loans Abusive?

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Josh Velson, data scientist, chemical engineer: Contrary to what many people might otherwise believe, the payday loan industry is in fact highly… Read more

A mother of four should never get a $1,200 fine for the “crime” of hair braiding without a license

By David Barnes If the White House wants to carry out its promise to boost American jobs, it can start by removing the government-imposed obstacles that stand in the way of job seekers. Encouragingly, the Federal Trade Commission is hosting a roundtable this week to examine different ways to ease the burden of occupational licensing. This… Read more

Protesters tee off on LPGA for hosting U.S. Women’s Open at Trump course

BEDMINSTER — Protesters objecting to Trump National Golf Club’s hosting of the U.S. Women’s Open and supporters of President Donald Trump verbally clashed Saturday, less than three miles from where the president is spending the afternoon. After participating in a motorcade near the golf club, anti-Trump protesters gathered at the intersection of Lamington Road and U.S.… Read more

House votes along party lines to repeal key Dodd-Frank financial reforms

WASHINGTON — The House voted along party lines Thursday to repeal many of the stricter regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, taking the first step in a long-held Republican desire to roll back landmark rules they complain are hurting banks, restricting consumer credit and slowing economic growth. The legislation, which faces major hurdles in the… Read more

Burning Cash: Warren Buffett Lunch Auction Bidding Tops $1 Million

A bid to eat lunch privately with billionaire investor Warren Buffett has already reached $1 million. Related: What you need to know from Warren Buffett’ s Berkshire meeting The goal of the 86-year-old’s annual, high-profile luncheon is to benefit the Glide Foundation, a charity that helps homeless individuals in San Francisco. Over the past 17 years,… Read more

Wells Fargo may have created 1.4 million more unauthorized accounts than estimated, attorneys say

Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorized checking, savings and credit card accounts over the past 15 years, far more than the bank and federal regulators reported last year, according to a new court filing. For months, the number of potentially unauthorized accounts that bank employee credit card applications may… Read more

Checking Trump’s ‘Failing Media’ Claims

President Donald Trump is quite vocal about his disdain for many media houses, labeling them “fake news” and “failing” often, with the latter most frequently used for the New York Times (NY Times), and some other print media. But it’s not like Trump hates all media; he clearly likes Fox News, retweeting its positive stories about… Read more

German prosecutors raid scandal-hit VW’s luxury offshoot Audi

Berlin (dpa) – German prosecutors raided on Wednesday the head office of luxury carmaker Audi, which is an offshoot of scandal hit Volkswagen. Munich prosecutors searched the Audi offices in the southern state of Bavaria shortly before the auto group’s chief Rupert Stadler presided over the premium carmaker’s annual press conference, a company spokesman said. Audi… Read more