“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has authorized a ‘Geographical Travel Restriction’ on Americans to forbid them from entering North Korea, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. ‘Once in effect, U.S. passports will be invalid for travel to, through and in North Korea, and individuals will be required to obtain a passport with a special validation in order to travel to or within North Korea,’ Nauert said. The move was due to ‘mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement,’ she said.” Continue reading

“U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment’s use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime. He has already dismantled Obama-era directives on drug sentencing guidelines and ordered a review of all of the existing consent agreements between the Justice Department and police departments that were found to be violating residents’ constitutional rights.” Continue reading

“The elderly Thai immigrants sunk their life savings into designer wedding dresses and were left penniless when the IRS sold them all, according to the couple’s attorney. The legal filing claims that the agent on the case originally recognized that the entire inventory would not need to be sold to satisfy the debt. However, Freeman obtained internal IRS communications through a Freedom of Information Act Request and found that IRS higher-ups decided that the agency should ‘shut down this failing business.'” Continue reading

“This year the couple had a second son, Hunter. The state also took custody of him. This time they didn’t even wait to see how they’d behave as parents: Fabbrini was still in the hospital when they took the boy. One volunteer mediator said she told caseworkers that she believed the couple was capable of raising Christopher. Her conclusion conflicted with the position taken by officials, and subsequently, she says, they told her that her services were ‘no longer needed.'” Continue reading