fbi surveillance – Google News: Trump ally Devin Nunes is re-elected in his California House race: NBC News – CNBC

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Trump ally Devin Nunes is re-elected in his California House race: NBC News
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Nunes, currently chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, became a political lightning rod after authoring the once-secret memo alleging government surveillance abuses by the FBI and Justice Department during the 2016 election. He will lose that

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mueller – Google News: With the election done, expect Mueller to make his move – New York Post

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New York Post

With the election done, expect Mueller to make his move
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For one thing, Mueller has kept himself and his investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign deliberately out of the headlines by observing the Justice Department custom of not issuing indictments connected to politics in the 60 days leading up to the
Democrats’ victory in House provides crucial protection for MuellerCNN
How Democrats Will Protect the Mueller Investigation if They Win the HouseSlate Magazine
Could The Mueller Investigation Be Affected By The 2018 Midterm Elections?Bustle

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“The Tree Of Life”: Putin and Jewish Oligarchs – 11.7.18 – The News and Times

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Crime and Criminology from mikenova (8 sites): Twitter Search / engcrimerussia: London detains wife of jailed Azerbaijani banker https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/wife-of-jailed-azerbaijani-banker-detained-in-london/ …pic.twitter.com/MvD4cmH4XG

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Crime and Criminology from mikenova (8 sites): political criminology – Google News: Rogers Park Reacts: Students and Residents Gather to Watch Election Results – Loyola Phoenix

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Rogers Park Reacts: Students and Residents Gather to Watch Election Results
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As polls across the nation closed, Loyola students and Rogers Park residents gathered on and off campus to watch as votes for this year’s midterm elections were tallied. On campus, Inside Government and College Republicans hosted watch parties for …

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political criminology – Google News: Rogers Park Reacts: Students and Residents Gather to Watch Election Results – Loyola Phoenix

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Rogers Park Reacts: Students and Residents Gather to Watch Election Results
Loyola Phoenix
As polls across the nation closed, Loyola students and Rogers Park residents gathered on and off campus to watch as votes for this year’s midterm elections were tallied. On campus, Inside Government and College Republicans hosted watch parties for …

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Crime and Criminology from mikenova (8 sites): political criminology – Google News: ‘Students are more engaged than ever’: OU community gathers at Carl Albert Center midterm election watch party – The Oklahoma Daily

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The Oklahoma Daily

‘Students are more engaged than ever’: OU community gathers at Carl Albert Center midterm election watch party
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Political science and anthropology freshman Conner Powers said he decided to come to the watch party because he was a first-time voter, was interested in seeing the result of the Texas Senate Race since he voted for Democratic House Rep. Beto O’Rourke

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political criminology – Google News: ‘Students are more engaged than ever’: OU community gathers at Carl Albert Center midterm election watch party – The Oklahoma Daily

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The Oklahoma Daily

‘Students are more engaged than ever’: OU community gathers at Carl Albert Center midterm election watch party
The Oklahoma Daily
Political science and anthropology freshman Conner Powers said he decided to come to the watch party because he was a first-time voter, was interested in seeing the result of the Texas Senate Race since he voted for Democratic House Rep. Beto O’Rourke

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Christopher Wray – Google News: Facebook takes down fake accounts over Russian troll farm concerns – WZVN-TV

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NBCNews.com

Facebook takes down fake accounts over Russian troll farm concerns
WZVN-TV
On Monday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray released a joint statement that while there was no indication that America’s voting infrastructure …
Election Day 2018: Facebook removes dozens of fake accounts as FBI warns of foreign meddlingAtlanta Journal Constitution
Facebook removes more pages, as FBI warns Russia still targeting American votersWCPO
Election Update | Facebook NewsroomFacebook Newsroom
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house judiciary committee – Google News: Longtime Trump critic Jerry Nadler is poised to lead a House panel key to the impeachment process – CNBC

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CNBC

Longtime Trump critic Jerry Nadler is poised to lead a House panel key to the impeachment process
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Y., was elected by members of his party to become the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee in July. His campaign materials characterized him as the “strongest member to lead a potential impeachment.” Now, with the lower chamber swinging to …
Oversight Democrats ready to pounce on Trump if they win the HouseWashington Examiner
Democrats capture House, GOP holds Senatefox2now.com
Pelosi’s House: What to Watch For When Democrats Take ControlNBC4 Washington
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house judiciary committee – Google News: Wahls captures lead in Senate race, other Democrats also see early advances – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Wahls captures lead in Senate race, other Democrats also see early advances
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
District 37 includes eastern Johnson County, all of Cedar County and the city of Wilton in Muscatine County. Wahls, who is self-employed, first gained attention in 2011 when he gave a passionate speech to the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in defense

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mueller – Google News: Mueller edges Knowles, incumbents hold serve on fiscal court – State-Journal.com

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State-Journal.com

Mueller edges Knowles, incumbents hold serve on fiscal court
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Mueller, who acknowledged the race was tighter than he had hoped, took 52.2 percent of the vote, or 1,920 votes, to Knowles’ 1,715 votes, or 47.8 percent. “Chuck ran a great race,” Mueller said of his opponent. “We just didn’t stop and we’re so excited

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house judiciary committee – Google News: Steve Cohen headed to easy win over Charlotte Bergmann for 9th District House seat – The Commercial Appeal

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The Commercial Appeal

Steve Cohen headed to easy win over Charlotte Bergmann for 9th District House seat
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Steve Cohen is headed to another term representing Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Cohen, a Democrat, was easily outdistancing familiar Republican challenger Charlotte Bergmann Tuesday evening to retain the seat in the …

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fbi scandal – Google News: How an FBI investigation and a broken relationship tanked Andrew Gillum’s campaign – Miami Herald

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Miami Herald

How an FBI investigation and a broken relationship tanked Andrew Gillum’s campaign
Miami Herald
And it could have been nothing more than a footnote in the historic campaign of Florida’s would-be first African-American governor had Corey not turned on Gillum, his former friend, in the fallout of an FBI investigation. Just days before Tuesday’s
Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor’s race, beating Democrat Andrew GillumVox
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mueller – Google News: Exit Polls: More Than Half Of Voters Believe Mueller Probe Politically Motivated – The Daily Caller

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Exit Polls: More Than Half Of Voters Believe Mueller Probe Politically Motivated
The Daily Caller
More than half of voters polled at election sites on Tuesday said that they believe the Mueller probe is politically motivated, according to exit polling data compiled by CNN. Only 40 percent of voters said they approve of the Mueller investigation

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house judiciary committee – Google News: Cicilline, Langevin reelected to House – The Providence Journal

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The Providence Journal

Cicilline, Langevin reelected to House
The Providence Journal
A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee, he has accused the president of inhumane treatment of immigrant families and more recently of “stoking the flames of political violence” after explosive devices were …

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mueller – Google News: Two more associates of Roger Stone testify before Mueller grand jury – Stars and Stripes

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Washington Times

Two more associates of Roger Stone testify before Mueller grand jury
Stars and Stripes
The appearances by Lugo and Nixon underscore how intensely special counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing the question of whether Stone had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’s plans to release hacked Democratic emails that roiled the 2016 campaign and …
Stone lawyer testifies in Mueller probe over WikiLeaks connection: ReportWashington Times

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house judiciary committee – Google News: RI state representative accused of sexual harassment loses race – Turn to 10

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Turn to 10

RI state representative accused of sexual harassment loses race
Turn to 10
… Howard Merton, a managing partner at PS&J, noted in a statement to NBC 10. Speaker Nick Mattiello also issued a statement, noting that he spoke to Keable and “removed him as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee pending clarity of this issue.”.
Embattled Rep. Keable defeated by Republican challengerThe Providence Journal

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house judiciary committee – Google News: Gohmert easily re-elected to 8th term in US House of represenatives – EastTexasMatters.com

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EastTexasMatters.com

Gohmert easily re-elected to 8th term in US House of represenatives
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He is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. For the last two years, he has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources. Gohmert graduated from Texas A&M in 1975 and then from Baylor Law School …

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mueller – Google News: NBC News Exit Poll: Voters divided on Mueller’s handling of investigation into Russian interference in 2016 election – NBCNews.com

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NBC News Exit Poll: Voters divided on Mueller’s handling of investigation into Russian interference in 2016 election
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Voters are closely divided on the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election. According to NBC News Exit Poll results, 42 percent of voters nationwide approve Mueller’s handling of the

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house judiciary committee – Google News: Cicilline, Langevin reelected to Congress – The Providence Journal

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The Providence Journal

Cicilline, Langevin reelected to Congress
The Providence Journal
A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee, he has accused the president of inhumane treatment of immigrant families and more recently of “stoking the flames of political violence” after explosive devices were …

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fbi – Google News: How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race – Vox

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Vox

How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race
Vox
With racist robocalls and an FBI investigation into corruption in the state’s capital, the Florida governor’s race to lead America’s most unpredictable swing state has become one of the most dramatic campaigns in the 2018 midterms. Andrew Gillum, the …

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Crime and Criminology from mikenova (8 sites): InSight Crime: LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

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LatAm Crime Groups Adapting to Meet Growing US Drug Demand

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage the United States, with a record number of overdose deaths, crime groups in Latin America have taken advantage of the growing market for these drugs, producing and trafficking larger amounts of both heroin and the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

Drug overdose deaths in the US jumped to 63,632 in 2016, a 21 percent increase from the 52,404 deaths recorded in 2015, according to the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, the annual report by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Opioids — which include prescription drugs like oxycodone, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and the illegal drug heroin — were largely responsible for the higher death toll. Cocaine overdose deaths also contributed, increasing for a fourth consecutive year.

Opioids Surge, Remain Top US Killer

Opioids contributed to 66 percent of all overdose deaths recorded in the United States in 2016, and synthetic opioids — predominantly illicit fentanyl — caused the greatest number of drug-related deaths, the DEA reported.

According to statistics from The Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 19,413 deaths from synthetic opioids in 2016, a 103 percent increase from the 9,580 deaths reported the year before. At the same time, the DEA found that heroin-related overdose deaths nearly doubled between 2013 and 2016 to more than 15,000, driven in large part by the drug being cut with fentanyl-related substances.

Mexico drug trafficking organizations clearly took notice of the increasing demand for synthetic opioids. Fentanyl seizures at ports of entry along the US-Mexico border jumped to 524 kilograms in 2017, up 135 percent from 223 kilograms in 2016.

Criminal groups in Mexico also continued to take advantage of drug users turning to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to get than prescription opioids.

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In 2017, more than 90 percent of the heroin analyzed by the DEA came from Mexico. Meanwhile, poppy cultivation in the country rose 38 percent, from 32,000 hectares to 44,100. Potential pure heroin production jumped from 81 metric tons to 111, according to the DEA report.

The US heroin market has become so lucrative that the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) are waging a brutal battle to control it. The US Justice Department also recently targeted the CJNG with new enforcement efforts due to their role as one of the primary groups transporting synthetic opioids, among other drugs, into the United States.

Specifically, the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel pose the “greatest criminal drug threat” to the US, the DEA reported.

Recent evidence suggests that Mexico’s organized crime groups have also expanded their existing relationships with Dominican criminal groups based in the United States, moving from trafficking primarily cocaine and heroin to fentanyl in order to adapt to shifting market demands.

South America Awash With Cocaine

Alongside the worsening opioid crisis in the United States, booming cocaine production in Colombia is having an impact on the availability of the drug there, as well as contributing to the increase in drug deaths.

According to the DEA, cocaine overdose deaths jumped from 6,784 in 2015 to 10,375 in 2016, marking the most such deaths in the US since at least 1999.

Colombia’s organized crime groups, with the help of their Mexican partners, have “majority control” over the production and supply of cocaine to the United States.

According to the DEA, some 93 percent of cocaine samples tested in 2017 were of Colombian origin. What’s more, US officials estimated that potential pure cocaine production in Colombia increased 19 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 772 metric tons to 921. Coca cultivation was estimated to have jumped to 209,000 hectares in 2017, an 11 percent increase compared to the 188,000 hectares in 2016. This means that Colombia produced a record amount of cocaine for the second consecutive year.

While the Andean region grows nearly all of the world’s coca, Colombia title as the principal source of cocaine to the United States has helped fuel a new era of criminal violence in the country.

SEE ALSO: Coverage of Cocaine Production

The absence of the now largely demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) has left ex-FARC mafia groups and the Urabeños as the top players in the country’s drug trade. Other competing criminal groups like the Popular Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Popular – EPL) and the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN) are also fighting to control some of the country’s most prized cocaine hubs.

However, the average retail price of one pure gram of cocaine decreased between 2012 and 2017, while average purity increased, suggesting that demand in the United States has not fully adapted to the boom in supply. The result has been the creation of a cheaper but more pure product than what was seen in years past, according to the DEA. This might also explain why criminal groups in South America are increasingly exploring new markets in Europe.

The most popular trafficking route for cocaine coming out of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia — the world’s main suppliers of cocaine — was the Eastern Pacific route, where 84 percent of cocaine that was documented to be leaving South America transited, according to the DEA. The number of drug shipments flowing around the Galapagos Islands also increased considerably in 2017, suggesting that Ecuador’s importance as a transshipment point continued to increase.

(Map courtesy of the DEA)

The number of hectares used for coca cultivation in Peru in 2017 jumped just 13 percent to 49,800 hectares. Pure potential cocaine production, however, increased by 20 percent and hit 491 metric tons, the highest levels recorded in 25 years, according to estimates released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

It’s unclear why there was a greater increase in cocaine production per hectare of coca, but InSight Crime made similar observations while conducting field research in Colombia. It’s possible that increased innovation in the way in which coca is grown could be a factor.

For its part, the number of hectares used for coca cultivation in Bolivia in 2017 decreased by 17 percent, to 31,000 hectares. Pure potential cocaine production also decreased by almost 10 percent to 249 metric tons, according to the ONDCP.

Bolivia and the United States have clashed over anti-drug efforts in the past, but the decrease in coca crops and overall cocaine production suggests that the Bolivian government’s anti-drug strategies might be having more of an effect than the more heavy-handed strategies used in Colombia and Peru, which are often supported by the United States.

 

 

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