Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose district includes parts of Baltimore, said Sunday that the unrest in the city after the death of a black man who was injured while in police custody should be a lesson to city leaders around the country.
"We have to invest in our cities and our children. A lot of young people feel that they have been disconnected and we have to have what I call an 'inclusion revolution,' and address issues such as joblessness and training for young people," Cummings told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on This Week.
"Just the other day a young man told me, 'Mr. Cummings, I feel like I'm in my coffin trying to claw out of it.' And that is not the way that we want our children to feel," he said.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, the only African American Republican in the Senate, agreed with Cummings, saying on This Week that he was once a struggling African-American high school student himself. Scott said that the large number of high school dropouts in distressed areas lead to unemployment and ultimately, hopelessness.
"There is a trend that can be broken at its foundation if we focus first on education and then second on work skills," Scott said. He pointed to a bipartisan bill he introduced last year with Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, which would provide tax credits to employers who offer apprenticeships.
On the charges announced Friday against six members of the Baltimore police force in the death of Freddie Gray, Cummings said he agreed with the decision by the city's state attorney Marilyn Mosby.
"I feel very comfortable with regard to what Ms. Mosby has done," Cummings said. "She looked at all of the evidence and did what she had to do."
The police union has called the decision to file charges a rush to judgment.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a Republican who is widely expected to launch a 2016 presidential bid, will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday to talk politics and her new book, Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey.
As she prepares to announce whether she will enter the race for the White House, Fiorina will sit down for exclusive interviews with ABC News’ Chief Anchor and This Week host, George Stephanopoulos, as well as ABC’s Robin Roberts.
If she becomes a candidate, Fiorina, 60, would be the only major GOP contender who is a woman.
“I have a different voice,” she recently told reporters during an appearance in New Hampshire. “I know by the way, I look a little different too.”
She has emerged as a vocal opponent of likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Speaking at a gathering of potential Republican candidates in Iowa earlier this year, she deployed what has become one of her regular lines of attack against the former Secretary of State.
“Like Hillary Clinton, I too have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe,” Fiorina said. “But unlike her, I have actually accomplished something. Mrs. Clinton, flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.”
In addition to her exclusive interviews with ABC News, a spokeswoman for Fiorina announced that she will also host a live online town hall on Monday. Her book will be released Tuesday. And over the next week, she plans to make stops in the critical early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Fiorina, who waged an unsuccessful bid in California to unseat long-time Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010, has never held public office. She served as an adviser to Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.
It’s Fiorina business record that sets her apart from much of the GOP field. She served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 -- the first female CEO of a Fortune 50 company. More recently, she has led the Unlocking Potential Project, an initiative to bring more women voters into the Republican Party.
Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday took to Twitter to deny his role in the lane realignment on the George Washington Bridge that backed up traffic and caused political spillout for the possible 2016 presidential candidate.
On Friday, Christie's former Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly and former Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority Bill Baroni were charged with wire fraud, conspiracy to violate civil rights and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They were named co-conspirators and indicted shortly after David Wildstein, a Christie political ally, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
Christie, however, maintained his claims that he "had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this act," and that "the first moment I learned of this unacceptable behavior I took action, firing staff believed to be accountable, calling for an outside investigation and agreeing to fully cooperate with all appropriate investigations.
Today's charges make clear that what I've said from day one is true.
Denniro/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced $20 million in funding to support its Body-Worn Camera Pilot Partnership program in an effort to help local and tribal law enforcement organizations purchase body-worn cameras.
"This body-worn camera pilot program is a vital part of the Justice Department's comprehensive efforts to equip law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the tools, support, and training they need to tackle the 21st century challenges we face," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press release. "Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability, and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve."
Calls for expanded use of body-worn cameras have become louder in recent months, in the wake of the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., among others.
Approximately $17 million of the funds will go towards competitive grants for the purchase of cameras, with $2 million used for training and technical assistance and $1 million in developing evaluation tools to determine best practices.
"Body-worn camera technology is a valuable tool for improving police-citizen relationships," said Denise O'Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
The DOJ expects to offer 50 grants to local law enforcement agencies, targeted in particular for smaller agencies. The agencies receiving the grants are required to contribute a 50/50 in-kind or cash match of the funds and must establish a "strong plan for implementation of body-worn cameras and a robust training policy before purchasing cameras," the DOJ said.
Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In his weekly address, President Obama reiterated his plan to expand access to higher education and reading programs to young Americans.
Earlier this week, the president announced two new efforts to build on the progress already made by his ConnectEd initiative.
The president issued a challenge to mayors, libraries, and school leaders to help every student get a library card, and asked for commitments from libraries and major publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students.
“No matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you’ve got, you should be able to access the world’s knowledge and information just like anyone else,” Obama said.
In his address, the president also previewed his upcoming commencement speech at Lake Area Tech, in Watertown, South Dakota, where he will discuss his plan to make two years of community college as free and universal for every American as high school is today.
“Making sure all our kids receive one is the surest way to show them that their lives matter,” Obama said. Read the full transcript of the president's address: Hi everybody. I’m speaking with you from the DC Public Library in Anacostia, where I just met with a group of promising middle school students.
We spent some time talking about their lives, and how we all care about their success – and how that starts with a good education.
So one thing I announced here in Anacostia is a new project by libraries and major publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students.
We also issued a challenge to mayors, libraries, and school leaders to help every student get a library card, so they can expand their horizons in a place like this.
It’s all part of our ConnectED initiative to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed Internet. Because no matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you’ve got, you should be able to access the world’s knowledge and information just like anyone else.
In a global economy, we’ve got to help ensure that everyone, of every age, in every zip code – urban and rural – has the chance to learn the skills that lead directly to a good job.
That’s also why I’ve put forward a plan to make two years of community college as free and universal for every American as high school is today. It’s something I’ll talk about in my commencement address next week at Lake Area Tech, in the small town of Watertown, South Dakota. It’s a community college with a graduation rate that is nearly twice the national average. They’re proving that a great education can be within everyone’s reach.
All of us have a responsibility to not only make sure our own children have pathways to success but that all children do. And a great education is the ticket to a better life like never before. Making sure all our kids receive one is the surest way to show them that their lives matter. And it’s the smartest way to prove to them that in communities like this, and in a country like ours, we believe in opportunity for all.
US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia makes the case of congressional passage of the Trade Promotion Authority, which he argues will give U.S. trade negotiators the authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with Japan, as well as other agreements.
With the Senate expected to vote on a trade promotion bill later this month, Isakson argues the TPA would promote American workers and American jobs by establishing clear objectives -- mandated by Congress -- that the president must achieve in international trade agreements.
“Trade promotion authority is good for America. It’s good for our country and it’s good for our economy. And it’s good for middle-class American families who will reap the benefits of more jobs,” Isakson said.
Isakson contents the legislation does not guarantee the approval of any proposed trade agreement, and that any proposed agreement will be scrutinized by Congress.
“Republicans will not support any attempt to override U.S. law by sneaking extra provisions into any trade agreement,” he said. Read the full transcript of the Republican address:
Hello, this is United States Senator Johnny Isakson from the great state of Georgia.
In my state of Georgia, 1.2 million jobs are directly related to international trade.
In the last 10 years, Georgia’s exports to our trading partners grew by 69 percent.
With the negotiations on trade deals that are ongoing, we expect that to just continue.
Next year, the Panama Canal is opening to the larger ships of the 21st century.
We are racing in my state to complete the expansion of the Savannah Harbor to accommodate those larger ships bringing goods and service from the rest of the globe to America.
This project will make the city of Savannah, the state of Georgia, and the entire Southeast a hub of global imports and exports.
But if we don’t pass trade promotion authority, we will risk losing all those goods and services they carry -- going elsewhere around the world.
I am thrilled the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 is coming to the floor of the Senate.
Its passage will help promote American workers and American jobs by setting out clear objectives -- mandated by Congress -- that the president must achieve in international trade agreements.
The legislation will go for six years and requires presidents of either party to consult with Congress before final approval of any agreement.
Congress still has the final say in approving a trade agreement.
And I want to be very clear -- this legislation does not guarantee approval of any proposed trade agreement.
Every trade agreement will still be scrutinized by your representatives and by the senators in Congress.
Republicans will not support any attempt to override U.S. law by sneaking extra provisions into any trade agreement.
That includes provisions on immigration policies.
Trade promotion authority does not give any president any new authority to expand immigration or change other laws without the approval of the Congress of the United States.
Trade should not be -- nor is it ever intended to be -- a partisan issue.
It is about creating more jobs for the American people and helping hardworking American families.
Raising the prosperity of the American people is the best way to raise revenue while also raising hope and opportunity.
This trade promotion authority legislation does precisely that.
Fair and open trade promotes more American agriculture, American manufacturing and American jobs.
So many great examples of the benefits of free trade can be found around America can be found in my home state of Georgia.
One example is Caterpillar.
Thanks to a favorable trade condition, Caterpillar was able to move part of its overseas manufacturing operation back to United States of America – including bringing a plant back and hundreds of jobs to my state of Georgia in 2013.
That’s what Trade Promotion Authority has the potential to do for all of America.
It’s going to expand trade and expand opportunity for the American people.
This is going to ensure that America -- not China or any other country -- is at the forefront of writing the global rules of economy and trade in the world.
And it is going to empower America through jobs and economic growth.
When members of Congress vote on the Bipartisan Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, I hope they will cast a vote in favor for free trade.
I hope they will choose innovation over isolation.
Promoting trade promotes innovation.
Innovation, competition and hard work are the very attributes that make the American people and the United States the leader on the global stage.
We should never fear competition and hard work.
America should continue to be the leader we have always been in terms of technology, ingenuity and trade.
Trade promotion authority is good for America.
It’s good for our country and it’s good for our economy.
And it’s good for middle-class American families who will reap the benefits of more jobs.
Thank you for listening and God bless the United States of America.
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A key figure in the corruption scandal that threatens New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political career pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court, while two others were indicted in connection with the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.
David Wildstein, who looked noticeably thinner on Friday, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy -- knowingly misapplying property that receives federal funds and conspiracy to violate civil rights -- in connection with access lane closures in 2013.
Wildstein admitted in Newark federal court that the bridge's access lane closures were the result of political retribution for Fort Lee’s mayor, Mark Sokolich, for refusing to endorse Christie’s bid for re-election as New Jersey governor that same year. He admitted that Christie staffers Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni chose the first day of school to maximize the punishment and used the traffic study as a "cover story."
Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff, and Baroni, who served as the Port Authority's Deputy Executive Director, were named as co-conspirators by prosecutors and indicted in the scandal shortly after Wildstein entered his plea.
In the 38-page indictment, Kelly and Baroni are charged with a list of charges, including wire fraud, conspiracy to violate civil rights and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
The indictments and plea of the former Port Authority executive and one-time political blogger, who went to high school with Christie, mark a dramatic step in the saga swirling around Christie.
Prosecutors said that to "maximize the congestion and thus the punitive impact" on Sokolich, the trio "caused these lane and toll booth reductions to start on the first day of the school year in Fort Lee, without any advance notice to Mayor Sokolich, the Fort Lee Chief of Police and the residents of Fort Lee."
At a news conference Friday afternoon, Kelly asserted her innocence, saying, "I am not guilty of these charges."
Kelly -- who called Wildstein "a liar" -- also said she "looks forward to ... sharing the truth" about what took place.
Wildstein's lawyer Alan Zegas said "Christie knew" of the lane closures as they were happening. He has made similar allegations in the past, but the governor's office has repeatedly denied it.
Wildstein will be released on $100,000 bond. He will be sentenced on Aug. 6. Wildstein faces up to 15 years in prison and fines, according to prosecutors.
Newark's U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the feds don't expect to charge any additional people in connection with the lane closings. Other parts of the investigation, he said, are ongoing. Fishman also declined to say who came up with the scheme.
“Public officials must use government resources for proper government purposes,” Fishman said. “The indictment alleges, and Wildstein admitted, that the three defendants used Port Authority resources to exact political retribution against a public official who would not endorse the Governor for re-election, and concocted and promoted a bogus cover story to execute their plan and to cover their tracks.”
The probe that started with unannounced lane closings has, according to some, hobbled Christie as he seeks the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
Wildstein was Christie’s enforcer and go-to guy at the Port Authority, which runs the New York City-area airports as well as the bridges and tunnels that connect New York and New Jersey. According to emails that were revealed in January 2014, Wildstein shut down two out of three local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge at the direction of Kelly. Their alleged goal was political payback against the mayor of Fort Lee -- where the bridge is anchored in New Jersey -- because the mayor would not endorse Christie’s re-election bid.
"Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Kelly wrote in an August 2013 email.
With those words disclosed, what had been a local political brush fire engulfed the pugnacious New Jersey governor. He fired Kelly and cast aside Bill Stepien, the man who ran his political organization and was expected to helm Christie’s impending presidential campaign.
Attorneys hired by Christie soon determined that the governor had no role in the scandal. But that did nothing to quiet matters.
In December, Christie himself was interrogated for more than seven hours by federal investigators probing the bridge scandal. He has denied having any role in the lane closings and has repeatedly said he did nothing wrong.
Last year, the governor told ABC’s Diane Sawyer he didn’t even “inspire” his aides and loyalists to shut down lanes to the world’s busiest bridge.
"This is not something that I think I inspired, and to the extent that any of them thought that this was acceptable conduct, then I fell short," Christie said at the time.
The governor also said that he does not believe the bridge affair was even done on his behalf.
"I don’t believe it was for me," he said.
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI have spent 16 months investigating the September 2013 lane closings, which caused unprecedented traffic jams for the better part of a week and crippled Fort Lee.
The scandal thrust Christie and his inner circle into a crisis first marked by a marathon news conference and then two months of dodging questions on the incident. Christie has since returned to public view, but his popularity among voters is at all-time lows and most observers see his chances of winning the GOP nomination as nearly non-existent.
In addition to the federal investigation in New Jersey, Christie and his aides are still facing continued scrutiny from a series of other probes being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney in New York City, the New Jersey State Legislature and the Port Authority Inspector General's Office over the lane closures.
The results of the FBI probe could also be turned over to state prosecutors in the event they want to file their own charges in connection with the lane closing.
NIntellectual/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is pushing famous Baltimore residents to take a stand for peaceful protest.
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is among the stars who have urged a nonviolent approach.
White HOuse Press Secretary Josh Earnest wouldn't say on Friday whether the administration specifically reached out to Lewis, but said his engagement is making a big impact.
“It means a lot to have somebody like him standing up and saying, "I'm concerned about this incident, too, but I'm also committed to making sure that I communicate my concerns in public, but I do so peacefully,’” Earnest said.
Earnest added that the White House would continue to urge prominent people with Baltimore ties to speak out.
Mika Makelainen/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon released its annual report on sexual assaults in the military on Friday, which included new analysis of the links between sexual harassment in the workplace and sexual assault, as well as how two thirds of military female sexual assault victims perceive they were retaliated after stepping forward.
The annual report and a separate Rand Corporation survey track the estimated 19,000 to 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact that were released in December.
Pentagon officials say the estimated number of sexual assaults is down because they are down from the 26,000 estimate contained in the 2012 Rand survey.
The number of sexual assault reports filed last year increased by 11 percent to 6,131, which is also a 70 percent increase over 2012. Pentagon officials interpret the increased number of reports as an indicator that victims are gaining confidence in how the military treats sexual assault victims and are more willing to step forward. They note that according to today’s report indicates that 1 in 4 military victims have stepped forward to report an assault, up from 1 in 10 in 2012.
Those numbers also continue to reflect that many sexual assaults go unreported.
The Rand study calculates that 4.9 percent of women and 1 percent of males in the military are victims of sexual assault. Those numbers translate to 10,600 male victims and 9,600 female victims. In comparison, the 2012 Rand study that estimated there were 14,000 male victims and 12,000 female victims of sexual assault.
Dr. Nathan Galbreath, senior executive advisor for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said at a Pentagon briefing that the Rand report is providing “a clearer picture of how this crime is perpetrated on men.”
“Compared to women, men are less likely to report and more likely to experience multiple incidents by multiple offenders, and they're more likely to view the incident as hazing or an attempt to humiliate,” he said.
The survey suggests that 22 percent of active-duty women and 7 percent of active-duty men may have experienced some form of sexual harassment last year.
“That's abhorrent and has to stop, not just because it's flat out wrong but also because the data show that those who experience sexual harassment are more likely to be sexually assaulted,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter who provided remarks at the top of the briefing.
The survey also found that 62 percent of women who had formally reported a sexual assault perceived that they experience professional or social retaliation afterwards.
But Galbreath said the survey’s analysis of retaliation for reporting a sexual assault needs to be re-worked in the future because what it gleaned are “perceptions of retaliation.” And to prove retaliation you need additional evidence and proof of intent aside from just a perception that you’re being retaliated against.
“I've treated victims of sexual assault.” said Galbreath. “And what I would tell you is, is that after you experience trauma, the world is a much darker place and you begin to see things a little bit differently than you did before.
Carter announced four directives on Friday based on the surveys’ results, such as requiring the services to update their sexual harassment prevention training and developing a strategy to prevent retaliation.
Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama commented Friday on the charges six Baltimore police officers now face after putting Freddie Gray in custody in a police wagon on April 12.
Gray, 25, sustained a spinal injury while in custody and died a week after his apprehension.
“It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out about what happened to Mr. Freddie Gray,” the president said shortly after Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the charges on Friday.
Obama avoided going into the details of the case since it remains open.
“I can tell you that justice needs to be served, all the evidence needs to be presented. Those individuals who are charged obviously are also entitled to due process and rule of law. I want to make sure that our legal system runs the way it should,” he said, noting that the Attorney General’s office is in communication with authorities in Baltimore.
“What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That’s what people around the country expect,” he said.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A sixth-grader hosting a “virtual field trip” with President Obama on Thursday got a little bored during the commander-in-chief’s answer to a question about writer’s block.
“I think you’ve kind of covered that question,” said Osman Yaya, interrupting the president halfway through his musings on the blank page.
“Osman thinks I’ve been talking too long,” Obama deadpanned. “Let’s move it along -- I got you.”
The precocious young host also reassured President Obama his literary preferences weren’t totally outdated.
“I was into adventure stories. There was something called The Hardy Boys back in the day -- I know you guys don’t read that anymore,” Obama said. “And books like Treasure Island, which was about pirates, I really enjoyed that.”
“To make you feel younger, my best friend read Treasure Island,” Osman chimed in.
ABC News(BALTIMORE) -- Just four months into her job as Baltimore's State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the death of Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide caused by severe trauma.
Mosby said her office has also found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to the case. Six officers involved in putting Gray in custody and transporting him in the police wagon April 12 are facing charges.
Here is what to know about the woman at the center of Friday’s big announcement:
She's the youngest chief prosecutor in a major city:
Mosby, a mother of two and West Baltimore resident, started her job as State Attorney in January. She is 35 years old, making her the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city, the State Attorney website says.
Friday, she said the youth of Baltimore is at "the forefront" of the Gray cause.
"To the youth of this city: I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment," she said. "As young people, our time is now."
She comes from a family of police officers:
Mosby isn't new to working with law enforcement. She noted she comes from five generations of police officers.
"My father was an officer, my mother was an officer, several of my aunts and uncles," she said at Friday's news conference. "My recently departed and beloved grandfather was one of the founding members of the first black police organization in Massachusetts."
Mosby added that Friday's charges shouldn't reflect on the work of the Baltimore Police Department as a whole, or on the cooperation between her office and the force.
Her husband is a Baltimore City Councilman:
She has strong ties to the Baltimore community -- her husband is Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, according to the State's Attorney website, and she has a "personal and professional relationship" with Gray's family's attorney, according to the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police.
An open letter sent by the Fraternal Order of Police before Mosby's news conference on Friday requested that Mosby appoint a Special Independent Prosecutor to "avoid any appearance of impropriety."
"I have full faith in your professional integrity," the letter said. "While I have the utmost respect for you and your office, I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case. These conflicts include your personal and professional relationship with Gray family attorney, William Murphy and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media. Based on several nationally televised interview, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident. Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation."
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The leaders of the Committee on House Administration said the reports that Capitol Police officers left behind loaded firearms in the Capitol complex is “extremely concerning.”
“The fact that dangerous weapons were left in the open, potentially within reach of the general public, is unacceptable,” Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Ranking Member Robert Brady, D-Pa., said in a statement. “We will be looking for a full briefing on these incidents, how they happened, what corrective action has been taken, and how we hopefully do not have similar instances in the future.”
An aide to House Speaker John Boehner said Boehner is aware of an alleged incident that occurred in his office suite. Roll Call reported a 7- or 8-year-old child found a loaded Glock handgun that was allegedly left behind by a member of Boehner’s security detail in a bathroom in the speaker’s office suite.
“A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24,” Roll Call reported.
Roll Call also detailed two other alleged incidents where officers left behind loaded weapons in the Capitol -- the first on Jan. 29 when a Capitol Visitors Center worker found a loaded Glock stuffed in a toilet seat cover holder of a CVC bathroom stall; and another on April 16 when a janitor found a loaded gun at Capitol Police headquarters.
The Capitol Police would not confirm the incidents, saying it doesn’t “routinely discuss internal personnel matters.”
“The department takes very seriously all breaches of department rules and has established policies that address such matters. Each disciplinary matter is thoroughly investigated and reviewed, employees are held accountable for their conduct, and they are provided due process in adjudicating these matters,” said Kim Schneider of the Capitol Police. “Depending on the nature and seriousness of the violation, an employee's record, and other required considerations, an appropriate penalty is applied, up to and including termination of employment. As a matter of policy, the department does not routinely discuss internal personnel matters, in order to maintain the integrity of the department.”
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers and environmental groups across the country are calling for a ban on microbeads in cosmetic products, saying the tiny plastic beads are harmful to marine life -- and possibly to humans who eat fish.
"The concern is that these synthetic, plastic microbeads are difficult, if not impossible, to break down," Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., said at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing Friday.
The beads can be found in products like face scrubs, creams, toothpaste and body washes. Lawmakers say they are so small, they escape water filtration systems at sewage plants and end up in bodies of water.
"I have serious concerns about fish and other aquatic life potentially ingesting these plastic particles and the effect this could have on humans who consume the fish," Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said.
Legislation has been introduced in Congress and in many states proposing the ban of microbeads.
John Paul Filo/CBS(NEW YORK) — Michelle Obama brought a special surprise with her when she made her fifth and final appearance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night.
Letterman's interview with the first lady ended with Obama introducing a performance by the United States Marine Band.
She told Letterman, who steps down as Late Show host on May 20, "You've been just a tremendous support to me, my family, but mostly to our men and women in uniform and our veterans."
Earlier in the program, Obama suggested that she and Letterman can hang out once she and President Barack Obama leave the White House in early 2017. She quipped, "I would help you raise your children. I could help you through those dark times."
The first lady noted that the older of her two daughters, 16-year-old Malia, is now driving and has run errands. She added that Malia has a curfew, though it's flexible depending on whether she's attending a party. She acknowledged that boys attend the same parties as Malia, but her husband "is handling that OK."