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'60 minutes' reporting should not have sunk the drug czar nominee


don’t get me wrong, there should be no drug czar — or any czars, for that matter. however, that doesn’t make the exposé by “60 minutes” andthe washington post, which persuaded rep. tom marino to drop his bid to become the next drug czar, any less simplistic or misleading.marino was accused of helping the pharmaceutical industry “flood” the united states with “addictive opioids” by co-sponsoring the ensuring patient access and effective drug enforcement act in 2016. the post declared that the legislation had “effectively stripped the drug enforcement administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.” nearly every story regarding the bill now asserts that the law hobbles or undermines the dea from dea






trump’s drug czar nominee could be in trouble after report on drug industr


manchin calls on trump to withdraw drug czar nomination, saying marino is "unfit" for job and can't be trusted to confront opioid epidemic.        






trump's drug czar nominee withdraws after his role backing opioid industry


marino's role helping the opioid industry, highlighted in recent exposé, led him to withdraw as president's nominee as drug czar.        






former drug czar nominee marino defends role in opioid law


washington (ap) — president donald trump’s former nominee to be the nation’s drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.republican rep. tom marino of pennsylvania says he’s proud of his work on 2016 law. the measure passed without opposition in the house and senate and was signed by president barack obama.marino says in a statement that the law will help “facilitate a balanced solution” by ensuring access to certain medications while allowing the drug enforcement agency to prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.marino withdrew tuesday as trump’s nominee to head the white house office of national drug control policy following reports by the washington post and cbs news about the






trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee who helped weaken dea


president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino helped guide legislation that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.trump said "we're going to be looking into" the investigation, while many democrats and at least one republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the of






former drug czar nominee marino defends role in opioid law


washington — president donald trump's former nominee to be the nation's drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.rep. tom marino, r-pa., said he's proud of his work on the 2016 law, which passed without opposition in the house and senate and was signed by president barack obama.in a statement released by his office, marino said the law will help "facilitate a balanced solution" by ensuring access to certain medications while allowing the drug enforcement administration to prevent the sale and abuse of prescription drugs.the former prosecutor withdrew on tuesday as trump's nominee to head the white house office of national drug control policy following reports by the washington post and






trump: drug czar nominee, rep. marino, withdrawing his name from consideration


rep. tom marino, president donald trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.marino "has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar," trump tweeted tuesday. "tom is a fine man and a great congressman!"trump's announcement comes a day after the president raised the possibility of nixing the nomination following reports by the washington post and cbs news. the reports detailed the pennsylvania lawmaker's involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by president barack obama, that weakened the drug enforcement administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.interviewed on tuesday by fo






drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration


by darlene superville and matthew daly | associated presswashington — rep. tom marino, president donald trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids.marino “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” trump tweeted tuesday. “tom is a fine man and a great congressman!”trump’s announcement comes a day after the president raised the possibility of nixing the nomination following reports by the washington post and cbs news. the reports detailed the pennsylvania lawmaker’s involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by president barack obama, that weakened the drug enforcement administratio






explosion at mira mesa house sparks fire


an explosion that sparked a fire at a mira mesa house on tuesday morning may have been intentional, officials said.the blast occurred at a home on caminito obra about 10:30 a.m.nearly an hour earlier, a woman at the residence called 911 after her boyfriend allegedly locked himself in a utility closet and started draining a water heater that was inside, according to police.she called again about 10:15 a.m. to report that he had locked himself in a backyard shed and that she could smell gas, a fire official said. officers who went to investigate said they could also smell gas. the explosion happened about 15 minutes later.it took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out most of the flames.it’s unclear where the man was when the blast occurred, but he was taken to a hospital with unspecified






president says he will declare national opioid emergency next week


washington – president donald trump said monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in rep. tom marino, r-pa., his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that marino helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies.trump's remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a washington post/"60 minutes" investigation that marino was a key lawmaker in supporting the bill that sailed through congress last year with virtually no opposition.democrats also called on trump to drop marino as his pick to lead the office of national drug control policy.speaking in the white house rose garden, trump said he will have a "major announcement, probably next week" about






trump’s apparent drug czar pick has strong “no” vote record on marijuana, includ


rep. tom marino, r-pa., president trump's reported drug czar pick, has a congressional voting record as a hard-liner on marijuana issues, including cbd oil.






motorcyclist dies in crash in dulzura


a motorcyclist died after crashing into a semi-truck on state route 94 tuesday afternoon, a california highway patrol officer said. the collision occurred near marron valley road about 12:15 p.m.westbound lanes were closed while officers investigated what led to the crash and cleared the wreckage, chp officer jim bettencourt said. the fatally injured rider was not identified. federal judge blocks trump's third travel ban, setting up another legal showdowntrump’s drug czar nominee, rep. tom marino, withdrawing his name from considerationu.s.-backed forces capture islamic state 'capital' of raqqafederal judge blocks trump's third travel ban, setting up another legal showdowntrump’s drug czar nominee, rep. tom marino, withdrawing his name from considerationu.s.-backed forces capture islamic s






trump: drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration


washington — rep. tom marino, president donald trump's nominee to be the nation's drug czar, has withdrawn from consideration, following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids."he didn't want to have even the perception of a conflict of interest with drug companies or, frankly, insurance companies," trump told fox news radio in an interview tuesday, shortly after breaking the news on twitter.the announcement follows reports by the washington post and cbs news, which detailed the pennsylvania lawmaker's involvement in crafting a 2016 law, signed by president barack obama, that weakened the drug enforcement administration's authority to curb opioid distribution.it also comes amid growing pressure on trump






pennsylvania congressman bows out of drug czar consideration


harrisburg, pa. — a pennsylvania congressman says he is withdrawing his name from consideration to be the national drug czar under president donald trump.rep. tom marino said in a statement wednesday that he is bowing out from consideration as the next director of national drug control policy because he has a critical illness in his family. the fourth-term republican, however, says he'll remain in congress.the 64-year-old marino lives outside williamsport, pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as u.s. attorney in pennsylvania's middle district under president george w. bush.marino was the first pennsylvania congressman to endorse trump in the presidential primary contest.






motorcyclist dies in crash near dulzura


a motorcyclist died after crashing into a semi-truck on state route 94 near dulzura tuesday afternoon, a california highway patrol officer said.the 56-year-old rider was headed east on a 2014 harley davidson about 12:15 p.m. when he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the truck near marron valley road, chp officer kevin pearlstein said.the unidentified motorcyclist was ejected into the road and died before he could be taken to a hospital. he was from san diego. the 30-year-old semi-truck driver was uninjured. westbound lanes were closed while officers investigated the crash, pearlstein said. neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected factors. federal judge blocks trump's third travel ban, setting up another legal showdowntrump’s drug czar nominee, rep. tom marino, withdrawing his name from






drug industry undermined dea as opioid epidemic exploded


in april 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in u.s. history, congress effectively stripped the drug enforcement administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets.by then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of u.s. military deaths in the vietnam war. overdose deaths continue to rise. there is no end in sight.a handful of members of congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the dea and the justice department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by the washington post and “60 minutes.” the dea had opposed the effort for years.th






trump taps pennsylvania congressman to be drug czar


washington (ap) — the white house says president donald trump will nominate a pennsylvania congressman to serve as the nation’s drug czar.the trump administration announced friday that the president has tapped rep. tom marino to lead the office of national drug control policy.in congress, marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.the 64-year-old republican congressman lives outside williamsport, pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as u.s. attorney in pennsylvania’s middle district under president george w. bush.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.marino was an early supporter of the president and the first pennsylvania congressman to endorse trump in the presidential primary contest. he had previ






trump’s drug czar pick took thousands in donations from drug distributors


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pennsylvania congressman to be named drug czar by trump


pennsylvania congressman tom marino is expected to step down from his seat to take on a new role in the trump administration. multiple sources tell cbs news that marino will head up the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), assuming the informal title of drug czar. a source familiar with personnel moves in the white house says that marino is in the final stages of completing his paperwork and an official announcement is forthcoming. when asked for comment, the white house said it had no personnel announcements at this time. marino’s office had no comment.marino, who is serving his third term representing pennsylvania’s rural 10th congressional district, was appointed to serve on the house’s bipartisan committee combating the opioid epidemic in 2016 after the enactment of two bill






opioid law draws scrutiny after trump's pick for drug czar steps aside


president trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar, rep. tom marino (r-pa.), withdrew from consideration tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in pushing legislation that weakened the drug enforcement administration's power to investigate bulk shipments of prescription opiods.adding to the backlash, some members of congress now say they will try to reverse marino's bill, and the department of justice plans to assess whether the 2016 law restricts investigations.“we’re going to review it," deputy atty. gen. rod rosenstein said tuesday when asked whether current laws give law enforcement the powers they need to combat the opioid epidemic. “if we conclude they don’t have the appropriate tools, we will seek more tools.”a spokeswoman for massachusetts gov. charlie baker (r),






trump moving to slash budget for white house ‘drug czar”


washington (ap) — the trump administration is moving to gut the office of the white house “drug czar” according to a preliminary budget document and an email message that its acting director has circulated to agency staff.the office of national drug control policy, or ondcp, is the lead white house office shaping policy on the nation’s opioid crisis, among other responsibilities.the proposed $364 million cut would leave a budget of just $24 million for the office and would eliminate its two major grant programs.the eliminations involve the high-intensity drug-trafficking area program, which just received — under a catchall government-wide spending bill signed by president donald trump on friday — $254 million for grants to help states and localities to fight drug trafficking, and the $100






white house dismisses concerns over cuts to "drug czar" office


the white house is pushing back against criticism over a proposed 95 percent cut to the budget of the office of national drug control policy (ondcp), arguing the federal government remains committed to fighting the opioid epidemic.in a draft version of a budget memo obtained by cbs news on friday, the office of management and budget (omb) proposed cutting nearly half the staff in the "druz czar" office in fiscal year 2018 (fy18), as well as a number of grant programs and other agency functions. one of ondcp's grant programs funds the nation's largest drug prevention program, supporting 5,000 local anti-drug community efforts across the country. the program has enjoyed widespread support from members of both parties.at the white house briefing on friday, deputy press secretary sarah sanders






trump proposal would gut 'drug czar' office in middle of opioid crisis


the trump administration is proposing to gut the budget of the white house "drug czar" by 95 percent, effectively eliminating the decades-old office of national drug control policy, the lead federal agency responsible for managing and coordinating drug policy, according to a memo that its acting director sent friday to agency employees.the draft budget plan comes as the nation is struggling with an escalating opioid epidemic. ending opioid addiction was a centerpiece of donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and he drew support from many of the rural areas and small working-class towns hit hardest by the drug crisis. in march, president donald trump commissioned a new addiction task force to help combat the opioid crisis, tapping his friend and former rival new jersey gov. chris christ






san diego's homeless 'czar' gone after seven months in new post


a woman many call san diego’s homelessness “czar” has abruptly left her high-profile position seven months after mayor kevin faulconer created it.stacie spector, a former white house aide under president bill clinton, will no longer serve as the city’s point person on homeless issues or seek greater coordination among social service agencies across the region.a leading homeless advocate said spector will be badly missed, primarily for the cohesion she fostered among community groups, nonprofits and faulconer since she was hired last october.but another homeless advocate said her departure could pave the way for stronger leadership by the newly revamped regional task force on the homeless, a countywide group that controls significant local resources.a faulconer spokesman said the mayor plan






john ivison: liberals looking to implement roadside tests for pot smokers, says


bill blair, canada’s pot czar, doesn’t sound impressed with the leak of the news that marijuana use will be legal by canada day 2018.“that isn’t my date,” he harrumphed in an interview wednesday. “i haven’t said anything about a timeline and the speculation is highly aspirational. there’s tons of work to do.”but the former toronto police chief turned mp said progress has been made since the task force charged with drawing up a framework for cannabis legalization reported in december.one area where the task force was forced to concede it had no answers was the subject of impaired driving, where it said tests of drug-levels in bodily fluids could not be used as a reliable indicator of the degree of a driver’s impairment.however, blair said the government has been running trials of roadside o






'perfect storm' ship to be sunk next week, barring storms


cape may point, n.j. — the ship made famous in the book and film "the perfect storm" will be intentionally sunk off the new jersey and delaware coasts next week, assuming it doesn't encounter any more storms.a spokesman for the department of environmental protection told the record newspaper (https://njersy.co/2newkum ) that the coast guard ship tamaroa will be sunk april 18 if weather allows. the vessel will grow an artificial reef near cape may point.the sinking was supposed to happen last year on the 25th anniversary of the famous storm, but it was held up by tests. before being sunk, the ship had to be screened for potentially dangerous chemicals.in 1991, the tamaroa was used to rescue the crews of a sailboat and a downed air national guard helicopter in waters off massachusetts.






‘perfect storm’ ship to be sunk next week, barring storms


cape may point, n.j. (ap) — the ship made famous in the book and film “the perfect storm” will be intentionally sunk off the new jersey and delaware coasts next week, assuming it doesn’t encounter any more storms.a spokesman for the department of environmental protection told the record newspaper (https://njersy.co/2newkum ) that the coast guard ship tamaroa will be sunk april 18 if weather allows. the vessel will grow an artificial reef near cape may point.the sinking was supposed to happen last year on the 25th anniversary of the famous storm, but it was held up by tests. before being sunk, the ship had to be screened for potentially dangerous chemicals.in 1991, the tamaroa was used to rescue the crews of a sailboat and a downed air national guard helicopter in waters off massachusetts.m






illinois lawmakers ponder proposal to legalize marijuana


as the czar of colorado's marijuana program, barbara brohl says she is neither pro- nor anti-pot.but she believes the legal market for the drug is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention and providing a safer product.the roughly $200 million in tax revenue from more than $1 billion in sales last year funds all that, she says, plus provides $40 million for schools.brohl spoke wednesday to a panel of illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to make marijuana use legal in the state. while sponsors say the bill won't get a vote this legislative session, they're beginning a series of hearings on how to craft the law.as proposed, the law would allow possession of up to one ounce of pot by people 21 and over. driving under the influence would remain illegal, and






‘perfect storm’ rescue ship to be sunk for artificial reef


after several months delay, the ship that helped rescue seven people during the perfect storm is scheduled to be sunk off the new jersey and...       






senate confirms trump nominee to be israel envoy


the u.s. senate on thursday narrowly confirmed president donald trump’s nominee to be ambassador to israel, david friedman, an outspoken bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the israeli right.the vote was 52 to 46, with almost every senate democrat voting against friedman.(reporting by patricia zengerle; editing by jonathan oatis)






former ethics czar jokes trump’s deputy attorney general ‘has the worst boss in


former ethics czar under president barack obama, norm eisen, feels bad for deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. during an interview with cnn’s brooke baldwin, eisen admitted he was passing not merely judgment but his own “human judgment” by the comment. “i’ve had difficult clients over the years and i have no doubt that there was some expression from the white house whether probably came through don mcgann, the white house counsel, maybe through the chief of staff, reince priebus, ‘can you say something about leaks,'” he said. he went on to say that the deputy attorney general did the best he could under the circumstances but admitted that the statement released thursday night by rosenstein was a little unusual. “the weirdest thing about it, kate, was the suggestion that some of the off






democratic lawmaker cummings, trump to meet over drug prices


u.s. representative elijah cummings and president donald trump will meet to discuss efforts to lower prescription drug prices on wednesday, cummings, the house of representatives committee on oversight and government reform’s top democrat, said in a statement on tuesday.trump earlier on tuesday said he is developing a plan that will encourage competition in the drug industry and bring down prices for medicines.(reporting by susan heavey; editing by will dunham)






san diego's homeless 'czar' gone after seven months in new post


a woman many call san diego’s homelessness “czar” has abruptly left her high-profile position seven months after mayor kevin faulconer created it.stacie spector, a former white house aide under president bill clinton, will no longer serve as the city’s point person on homeless issues or seek greater coordination among social service agencies across the region.a leading homeless advocate said spector will be badly missed, primarily for the cohesion she fostered among community groups, nonprofits and faulconer since she was hired last october.but another homeless advocate said her departure could pave the way for stronger leadership by the newly revamped regional task force on the homeless, a countywide group that controls significant local resources.a faulconer spokesman said the mayor plan






trump administration proposes massive cuts to drug czar office


the trump administration is looking to slash the white house office of national drug control policy (ondcp) budget by nearly 95 percent, according to a memo obtained by cbs news. the office of management and budget (omb) has proposed major ondcp budget cuts for fiscal year 2018 that would cut 33 employees, nearly half the office staff, along with intelligence, research and budget functions at the agency, as well as the model state drug laws and drug court grant programs. the cuts were outlined in omb's "passback" document, a part of the budget process where the office instructs federal agencies to draw up preliminary budgets that are subject to congressional approval. it was uploaded to max collect, the omb's budget database. playvideohealth - wednesdaycan marijuana help with chronic pain?






top senate democrat says has ‘serious concerns’ about court nominee gorsuch new


senate minority leader chuck schumer said on tuesday he had “serious, serious concerns” about president donald trump’s supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, saying the judge had avoided answering questions aimed at gauging his judicial independence.schumer told reporters gorsuch declined to answer his questions about things like the ban trump put in place on immigrants from seven muslim-majority nations and the emoluments clause in the u.s. constitution that bars officeholders from accepting money from foreign powers.the senate’s top democrat, however, said he had not made a decision on whether or not he would support the nominee.(reporting by susan cornwell; writing by eric walsh; editing by tim ahmann)






general electric ceo jeff immelt stepping down from top job


general electric says jeff immelt is stepping down as ceo and john flannery, president and ceo of the conglomerate's health care unit, will take over the top post in august.the 61-year-old immelt -- dubbed "america's jobs czar" in a 60 minutes profile in 2011 -- will stay on as chairman until his retirement from the position at the end of the year, with the 55-year-old flannery stepping into the role after that.immelt has been at the helm of the conglomerate for 16 years, overseeing a transformation that included selling many of the company's units. over that time, general electric sold its insurance, credit card, plastics and security divisions.it also invested more heavily in new technologies, including a recent $1.65 billion acquisition of lm wind power, a denmark-based manufacturer of






outrage over trump's immigrant ban helps aclu raise more money online in one wee


closeskip in skipxembedxshare for the second day in a row after president trump signed an executive order banning immigration from seven muslim-majority nations, protesters gathered by the hundreds and flooded their local airports. usa today networkhundreds of people gathered in durham, n.c., on friday to show their support for refugees and immigrants and stand against president trump's immigrant ban.(p o: bernard thomas, ap)the american civil liberties union shattered fundraising records this weekend after taking the white house to court over president trump's executive order banning people from seven muslim-majority countries from entering the united states.the aclu said it has received more than 350,000 online donations totaling $24 million since urday morning. the non-profit organizati