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LEAction President Ron Hosko Discusses CNN Building Evacuation

LEAction Network President Ron Hosko joins CBS News' Tanya Rivero to discuss the evacuation at CNN's New York City news desk. 

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Fox News: Hon. Edwin Meese III With Mark Levin [VIDEO]

Edwin Meese III , LE Action Board Member, interviewed by Mark Levin on Fox News on April 1, 2018

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The Democrats’ Plan To Transform America

By Ken Blackwell, LE Action Board Member

 

The election high point this century for Democrats was 2008. They took the White House and Congress. They then hoped to addict Americans to government-provided medicine, causing people to vote Democratic forever.

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While Parkland Students March, They Live In A Generation Of Lower Overall Gun Violence

By Ken Cuccinelli, LE Action Board Member

 

As the tragedy at Parkland, Florida, inspires discussion (and some screeching) about how to keep our children safe, the politically correct answer heard over and above all others is “gun control.” The widely held assumption is that America is suffering a major increase of gun violence.

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Citizenship Matters

By Ken Blackwell, LE Action Board Member

 

It’s not about being against foreigners. All nations put their people first. If there’s hard work to do in the world, they turn to the U.S.A.

The Left hates President Donald Trump for many reasons. One of the most important is because he really believes in America first. He doesn’t just say it. He bases his policies on that principle.

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In 2018 More Police Are Being Killed While Protecting Us

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Police Officer Christopher Morton and two other officers were dispatched to the wrong address March 6 to respond to a disturbance call in tiny Clinton, Missouri. When the three entered the home, a man inside shot them all. Morton was killed and the two other officers were wounded.

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Correcting The Washington Post’s DISGUSTING Narrative About Police Officers And Race

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

On Sunday, The Washington Post committed half of an entire page of newsprint to a Wesley Lowery article entitled “Police are still killing black people. Why don’t we notice?” At the risk of drawing readers and viewers to the Post, the article is worthy of a response.

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Dems Refuse To Recognize Trump's First-Rate Federal Court Picks

By Ken Blackwell, LE Action Board Member

 

While viral videos may capture attention, they do not paint an accurate picture of those whom the president has chosen for the federal bench. President Donald Trump’s nominees to the federal judiciary are among the most qualified in recent memory. 

For comparison, take the nominees to the circuit courts of appeal. As a rule, they are expertly credentialed, with a full 75 percent having apprenticed on federal appellate courts themselves (twice the rate of President Barack Obama’s first 24 appellate nominees).

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U.S. National Security Depends On American 5G Leadership

By Ken Blackwell, LE Action Board Member

 

Continuing his pattern of strong and decisive action, President Trump followed the recommendations of his security advisors to block the potential takeover of an American company that would have serious consequences for our national security and America’s global leadership in technology—vis a vis China. After getting advice from a government agency that the hostile takeover of Qualcomm by the Singapore based Broadcom poses potential national security risks, the President ordered a block of any such deal.

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The Deadly Consequence Of Recasting Prisoners As Victims

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Early last week, law enforcement found itself again under violent attack, this time in a small Missouri town. After responding to a disturbance call, Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was cut down by gunfire and lay dying in a house. Before his radio went silent, Officer Morton called that he’d been shot multiple times. Two fellow officers exchanged gunfire with the killer and tried to negotiate an end of the incident to try and extract their wounded colleague. They were too late.

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Anti-Gun Activists Attack Responsible Gun Owners

By Kenneth Blackwell, LE Action Board Member

 

Emotion drives the Left. Feeling good about oneself is one of the highest objectives of liberal politics.

Especially when it comes to gun control.

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LE Action Letter to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

A letter from LE Action President Ron Hosko to Sen. Charles E. Schumer regarding President Trump's nomination of William Graham Otis to the U.S. Sentencing Commission:

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Pushing the Divide Over Illegal Aliens Wider

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

In a development that’s reflective of the widening chasm of viewpoints on the treatment of illegal aliens in America, a big city mayor, Oakland’s Libby Schaaf, issued a public warning of impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration sweeps. The arrests went forward anyway, netting more than 150, including several wanted for serious and violent crimes.

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Trump’s ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ Tweets At Sessions Are Reckless And Ridiculous

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Two years ago, stumping presidential candidate Donald Trump playfully teased an audience of thousands in Madison, Alabama. He had a surprise for the assembly, one he was clearly pleased with and one he knew would captivate this particular group. Waiting in the wings was Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who would be among the first D.C. power players to step up to back the Trump candidacy.

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Feds Should Prosecute California Marijuana Farmers For Devastating The Environment

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Marijuana farming is a big business, and marijuana growers are raking in billions.

In California, the crop ranks between lettuce and grapes; total sales in the state, according The Los Angeles Times, will top $21 billion by 2021. In Colorado, where marijuana is also legal, revenues stood at just over $1 billion last year, adding $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.

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MS-13: Just Trump's Boogeyman?

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Donald Trump, well known for exaggeration and colorful language, could easily be dismissed when waving a finger at faceless ‘bad hombres’ coming across our southern border and insisting on construction of a “big, beautiful wall” to protect us. His embellishments aside, it’s fair to question whether MS-13 is simply a Trump boogeyman, a gang hyped beyond its capability being worked as a clapper against the president’s bell of nationalism and anti-immigration fear-mongering.

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Preventable Tragedies: Get Criminal Illegal Immigrants Out Of America

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

It’s happened again. An illegal alien deported from this country multiple times returns and kills an American citizen.

This time, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed by suspected drunk driver Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan deported from this country in 2007 and again in 2009.

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Republican Cory Gardner Holds National Security Hostage For Marijuana Industry

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Given the high-profile that applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have acquired in the past few weeks, you would think that the processing of such applications would not be apt to hit a snag over Colorado marijuana. But this being Washington in 2018, where trivia often trumps reason, you would be wrong.

 

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Obstruction Of Justice, Colorado Style

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, has taken it upon himself to obstruct the efficient functioning of the U.S. Department of Justice in order to protect marijuana dealers in Colorado.

When states started legalizing marijuana several years ago—Colorado was one of the first—the Obama Justice Department put a halt, in those states, to federal enforcement of federal drug laws as they applied to the sale and distribution of marijuana. Justice Department officials, in other words, rather than adhering to the rule of law, decided that they knew what was good for the American people better than did Congress—the body supposedly representing the will of the people.

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The Reaganesque Renaissance At Justice

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

During President Obama’s eight years in office the Department of Justice was one of the principal vehicles for “transforming America,” as the former president promised he would during the 2008 campaign. With Attorney General Eric Holder, his willing wingman (Mr. Holder’s term) at his side, Mr. Obama abused the rule of law to an extent that was unprecedented in American history.

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The Truth About Fatal Shootings By Police

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

As it has for the last three years, The Washington Post dedicated a team of data collectors and writers to focus on the issue of fatal shootings by police, producing a long story earlier this month headlined: "Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017." The exact number of such deaths the Post counted was 987.

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The Trump Effect On Violent Crime

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

According to FBI statistics, the nationwide, decades long decline in violent crime, to include homicide, reversed itself and increased since 2014. In 2015, there was an increase of almost four percent in violent crime and an 11 percent increase in homicide. In 2016, violent crime jumped another four percent while homicide spiked almost nine percent. 

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Policing In 2018: Many Reasons For Optimism

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

The dawn of a new year brings with it the inevitable calculations on which cities had rising or falling homicide and violent crimes rates and claims by public officials about why. The transition also offers a chance to look ahead while adjusting practices, and possibly rhetoric, in order to set a course that produces better results.

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The Opioid Crisis Is Public Health Emergency, But It's A Law Enforcement Challenge, Too

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Over 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016—21 percent more than 2015. The toll in 2017 is unknown, but is estimated to be higher still. The 2016 figure is over twice the number of all gun-related homicides and suicides, and more than American combat losses during the entire nine-year war in Vietnam. Opioids, the latest deadly trend in the drug world, made up well over half of those deaths, and more than 15,000 fatalities resulted from overdoses of prescribed drugs.

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Attorney General Sessions Attacks Violent Crime

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

While campaigning last year, then candidate Trump, often referred to the growing opioid epidemic and the need to combat violent criminals and organizations.

On February 9, 2017, within weeks of being sworn in to office, he signed an Executive Order establishing a task force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

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Trump's Law Enforcement Policies Are A Welcome Improvement From Obama's

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump praised the virtues and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in his many campaign speeches. To beleaguered cops, the president’s inauguration signaled the welcome end of eight years of unwarranted criticism from the Obama administration.

In the President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress, he cautioned against the path followed by President Obama. The new president said that Americans “must work with, not againstnot againstthe men and women of law enforcement. We must build bridges of cooperation and trustnot drive the wedge of disunity.”

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U.S. Representative Green Qualifies For Impeachment

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

U. S. Representative Al Green (D-TX) filed impeachment charges against President Trump and his political stunt was soundly defeated by the House of Representatives.

Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution provides for the removal of the President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

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Success Makes You A Target In the Washington, D.C. Swamp

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

By any measure, Attorney General Sessions has been successful in rolling back some of the misguided Department of Justice policies of the Obama/Holder administration. Because of that progressives, liberals and democrats are doggedly pursuing unsupported suggestions of a Sessions role in alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.  

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The Left Won't Acknowledge The Problem; Can't Solve It

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson


It all unraveled for Representative Sheila Jackson Lee during a House Judiciary hearing a few weeks ago. She showed a national television audience that she is “an example of an empty barrel that makes the most noise,” a phrase made popular recently by President Trump’s Chief of Staff, General John Kelly.

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Kate Steinle's Tragic Death Shows Why The 'Sanctuary Cities' Movement Threatens The Safety Of All Americans

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

The disturbing verdict in the killing of Kate Steinlefinding a criminal illegal alien not guilty of the most serious charges for her deathillustrates the need to find a way to end the “sanctuary cities” movement that has spread around the nation.

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Ron Hosko: I'm Thankful For America's First Responders—365 Days A Year

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

As Americans begin the annual “over the river and through the woods” trek to see family and friends for Thanksgiving, we should be thankful for the sacrifices of our first responders, who never stop unselfishly serving usincluding during the holiday season.

The busiest travel period of the year has arrived. Airports, train stations and highways are filling up with holiday travelers, all hoping to arrive on time.

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Anti-Police Hypocrisy And Ignorance On Full Display In House Oversight Hearing

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Lawmakers’ attacks took a brief pause during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee grilling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to allow their colleague Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee a few choice moments to showcase her personal bias, anti-police animosity and general ignorance of the federal components she purportedly oversees.

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What The Left Doesn't Want You To Know

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

We have commented before on the political left’s continued efforts to characterize law enforcement as racist. In the face of FBI reports and statistics to the contrary, they continue to present arguments to support their debunked and dubious theories.

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The Left's Attack On Sessions Show He's Having An Impact

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under fire from the left. Meaningless tidbits from his past are being gathered by political opponents and trotted out as proof he had knowledge of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign. What’s clear is that he’s an honorable person who is being attacked primarily because he’s been effective.

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Some Politicians Can't Tell The Difference Between A Good Cop And A Bad Cop

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Not even New York City’s cop-hating mayor or New York’s cop-hating governor could resist praising New York Police Department Officer Ryan Nash for shooting Islamic terrorist Sayfullo Saipov, as he emerged from his Home Depot-rented truck, after killing eight innocent victims and injuring 11 more, shouting “Allahu Akbar!”

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The Left's Misleading Claim Of Racism In Law Enforcement

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson



In August, the FBI Counterterrorism Division produced a report entitled “Black Identity Extremists (BIE) Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers.” The report states that Black Identity Extremists are killing law enforcement officers and warns there is a high likelihood they will continue to do so. The left takes issue with the report and continues to mislead the public.

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Chicago, Baltimore Murders Validate Trump Talking Points On Urban Violence

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

After a speech in Middletown, Pennsylvania this week, President Trump sat for an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity. No doubt it was friendly territory. For the president, Mr. Hannity's questions were underhand softballs tossed down the center of the plate, and the replies were vintage Trump.

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Mitch McConnell, Where Are You? Maybe The Senate Should Stick Around And Get Its Work Done

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

The U.S. Senate is sometimes referred to as the most deliberative body in the world. And maybe that's justified: It is smart to deliberate over the consequences of serious legislation before passing it. 

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FBI Says Black Identity Extremists Murder Cops

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

Black Identity Extremists are killing law enforcement officers and, according to a new report by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, there is a high likelihood they will continue to do so. And no one in the black community, liberal establishment, or media is condemning the violence against police. Where’s the outrage?

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Sessions Stands For Free Speech At Georgetown While Professors, Students Take A Knee

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Let’s suppose it is October 1, 1962 in Oxford, Mississippi. With enormous controversy and world-wide news coverage, one James Meredith, the first black student ever to have been admitted to the University of Mississippi, has just enrolled. The campus of Ole Miss, as it is known, and the town of Oxford are in uproar, and nearly 30,000 U.S. troops, federal marshals and national guardsmen, called out by President John F. Kennedy, are on campus to try to keep the peace and to escort Meredith to class. Two people are dead as a result of the violence, and over 300 injured.

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St. Louis Rioters Don't Understand What Cops Deal With

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Protesters, this time in St. Louis, have once again rioted following the acquittal of a white police officer for the 2011 shooting of a black drug dealer during a high-speed car chase. The officer, charged with murder, was acquitted after a lengthy investigation and bench trial.

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Outspoken Jemele Hill Is Learning: Beware Of Newton

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Early this week, on the 16th anniversary of the horrific radical Islamic terror attacks on our nation, ESPN commentator Jemele Hill took to Twitter to assail the president of the United States as a white supremacist: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” Within minutes, she added, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”

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DOJ Statement On Freddie Gray Case Highlights Need For AG Sessions To Clean House

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Almost two and a half years after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and over a year after successive “not guilty” verdicts in state court, a Department of Justice statement unceremoniously announced the end of its investigation, without prosecution. The statement concludes, “the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that officers involved in Gray’s arrest “willfully violated” his civil rights.

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Police Need Military Equipment To Combat Rising Crime Rates And Police Deaths

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

“Police killed on the job: Number spikes in 2017," screams the headline in Newsweek. The next headline might be “Another Officer Shot While Making Arrest," or perhaps “Cop Assaulted For No Apparent Reason.” This week’s headline might read “Houston Police Shortage of Helicopters Imperils Rescue Efforts.”

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Trump A Step Closer To Fulfilling Promise To Stand Up For Our Law Enforcement Community

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

President Trump’s abrogation of his predecessor’s executive order on the distribution of life-saving surplus military equipment to local law enforcement moves him a step closer to fulfilling his promise to continue standing up for our law enforcement community.

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The Ferguson Effect—Even In The Bronx

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Imagine the scenario: a woman is making a threatening and very loud disturbance in a Bronx apartment building. The police are called. They find a 66-year-old “EDP”—an emotionally disturbed person—a black woman threatening neighbors and gripping a pair of scissors.

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Don't Abolish Asset Forfeiture

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Asset forfeiture has been around since colonial times, when it was used to seize contraband and the ships transporting it and the profits of pirates on the high seas. In more recent times, it has served law enforcement well in combating violent and organized criminal enterprises and drug traffickers whose leaders launder and conceal money through an array of illicit schemes.

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Illinois Politicians Wake Up To Chicago's Murder Plague

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

The Chicago carnage continues unabated. More than 100 people were shot and 15 killed over the Fourth of July weekend alone. Year-to-date statistics for Chicago paint a grim picture with 2,000 people shot and 346 killeda deadly pace that’s a step ahead of 2016’s grisly toll.

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Yes, Joy Reid, POTUS Name Checked "Assata Shakur" In #TrumpingCuba

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Joy Reid, radical leftist news commentator, went Tweet crazy when President Trump announced on Friday he was rescinding much of President Obama’s order loosening diplomatic relations with communist Cuba.

And although most of them amounted to outrage that yet another imprudent Obama administration policy was going by the wayside, there is one President Trump should print out and tape to his office wall.

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The Willful Blindness Of Sanctuary Cities

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

American “sanctuary cities” are established by politicians who presumably seek to protect illegal immigrants from what they see as inhumane U.S. deportation policies. But by ignoring federal requests to detain them, and instead releasing suspected and convicted illegal aliens back into the community, sanctuary cities open their doors wide to the creation of a wave of additional victims in their own communities.

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FBI Study Is Telling About Policing In A Post-Ferguson America

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

A frightening new FBI study offers a chilling view of police in retreat in a post-Ferguson world where politicians and media are seen as driving a destructive anti-cop narrative. 

The FBI "Assailant Study" examined the forces behind the violent killings of more than 60 law enforcement officers in 2016, killings that reflected a 56 percent spike over police murders in 2015.

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Sanctuary Cities Enable Criminals

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

and Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesperson

 

Trump administration spokesman Sean Spicer recently said that U.S. sanctuary cities "have the blood of dead Americans on their hands." That might have sounded a bit hyperbolic, but it’s really an understatement. Illegal multiple offenders are committing crimes by the thousands across the country. Sanctuary cities are their enablers.

As controversy rages over the administration’s executive order on sanctuary cities and the courts begin to determine the constitutionality of withholding federal funds from them, it is worthwhile taking a look at what they actually do.

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Cities Abandon Their Police Departments, Then Cry To FBI For Help

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

The citizens of those cities are taking out their frustrations on each other at rates not seen in decades. In cities of 250,000 people or more, killings rose last year at the fastest pace in 25 years.

Chicago alone accounted for almost half the 14 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 30 largest cities. The 762 murders recorded there last year marked a nearly 60 percent increase over 2015 and the highest total since the mid-1990s.

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Taking The Cuffs Off The Cops: Obama-Era Consent Decrees Tarred Police As Racist For The Mistakes Of A Few

By Alfred Regery, LE Action chairman

 

The Obama Justice Department made a habit of federalizing local police forces by threatening litigation and securing a settlement in the form of a consent decree. That turned out to be an exercise in anti-police bias which, happily, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now reversing.

Police are the agents of government most often encountered by American citizens, and the most highly respected. Every jurisdiction in the country has some sort of law enforcement organization, and virtually every American citizen comes into contact with a police officer nearly every day.

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Trump: Ending The War On Cops

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

As the ambush of two police officers in Miami last week reminds us, the war on police, fomented to some extent by former President Obama and his cronies, is not over. 

But in the two months since President Trump took office, things are much more positive in the law enforcement community.

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Sessions Puts Bite Into Trump's Bark About Sanctuary Cities

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions began to put some bite into the Trump administration's bark about so-called sanctuary cities. 

On Monday, the attorney general announced that to be eligible for Department of Justice grants, local jurisdictions will have to certify they comply with federal immigration law. Officials in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles—all sanctuary cities—have vowed to fight back, and legal challenges already have begun.

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Burdened And Beleaguered Chicago Law Enforcement 'Terry' On In Besieged City

By Stephen Thayer, LE Action Spokesman

 

Once again, Chicago is in the news for its record setting shootings and homicide rates. Year to date statistics show 104 shot and killed, 438 shot and wounded. It has been well documented that black-on-black crime is largely responsible for the lawlessness. 

The U.S. Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio approved the use of a law enforcement tool, known as a "Terry Stop" or "stop and frisk." This tool allows a law enforcement officer to stop people when there is reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, is being, or is about to be committed and then patting them down to see if they have a weapon on them.

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Anti-Trump Democrats' Best Allies Are Senate Republicans

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

So far, the Senate has confirmed 14 of the 549 senior federal positions that President Trump needs to run the government and who need Senate confirmation—Cabinet secretaries and people who run the departments, bureaus, agencies and the rest of the government. The rest of the government is being run by career bureaucrats and a few Obama holdovers.

There are another 120 vacant federal judgeships and, of course, the Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. Each requires Senate approval.

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Why Law Enforcement Will Like Justice Neil Gorsuch

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

 

Assuming Senate Democrats cannot torpedo his confirmation, Neil Gorsuch will be a welcome addition to a 4-4 Supreme Court often divided over questions of policing, law enforcement, and criminal justice.

The Court’s four liberals—Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan too often think of themselves as super legislators rather than judges; when they do their opinions reflect their personal proclivities rather than the strict letter of the law.

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The President's Assault On The Media Is A Worthy One

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Last week, President Trump engaged in a full-throated frontal assault on the media.  Many of his lines of attack are not without merit. 

Any informed reader, listener, or viewer of U.S. "news" can detect the biases of the reporter and/or their network by the, tone, the content, and the frequency of the information. Just as insidious is what "news" is actually reported and what is downplayed or ignored.

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Why Are Liberals Anxious To Free Violent Criminals From Prison?

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action chairman

 

Backers of the criminal justice reform bill pending in Congress are intent on reducing the population of the federal prisons.

Their premise? Prisons are overflowing with minor drug offenders who have no reason to be incarcerated—“mass incarceration” is the term they like to use.

As many have pointed out, that premise is a lie. Less than one percent of the federal prison population is there for drug possession, and most of those pled down from a more serious offense.

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21st Century Policing Requires Much More Than Politically Correct Suggestions

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

What can or should be done to ease growing tension or mistrust between police and the public in America today?

President Obama believes he knows and has launched a national tour to offer his views on the present state of law enforcement and how to improve relations between police and the public they serve. The President’s actions follow a report issued by a task force examining 21st Century Policing, a report he commissioned after police and public clashes occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.

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Ferguson's Bloody Political Opportunism

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Last week, the Department of Justice exonerated Officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing when he defended himself against a violent aggressor last August. The decision not to charge Wilson with violating Michael Brown's civil rights took seven months for Eric Holder's Justice Department to share with the public.

Even then it was obscured by another lengthy report issued by the department at the same time.

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Yes To Body Cams

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

On Monday, President Obama held a private meeting with civic leaders and law-enforcement experts from across the U.S. to discuss improvements to the American justice system in light of the decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

Despite the judicial determination of Wilson’s innocence, the meeting—which included race provocateur Al Sharpton, who reportedly has $4.5 million in tax liens—focused only on issues of policing, clearly suggesting that law enforcement bears sole responsibility for the growing rift between the police and minorities in America.

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Police Weren't The Problem In Ferguson

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

Last week, a New York grand jury declined o indict a police officer who, in efforts to restrain a non-compliant suspect, held him in what many saw as a chokehold. Their announcement came in the wake of public uproar over controversial events nearly 1,000 miles away in Ferguson, Mo.

Americans were fixated on a St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer, Darren Wilson, for shooting at an 18-year-old aggressor following a convenience store robbery.

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Although Exonerated, Officer Wilson Still A Victim

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

While the legal system has exonerated Officer Darren Wilson for his split-second decision on that August afternoon, he very much remains a victim of a politicized agenda that deemed him "guilty until proven innocent." Although he will walk free, his life has been forever changed, as he has been exploited in a cynical effort to turn civilians against cops in fulfillment of an anti-law enforcement agenda.

The president, the attorney general and many others who presume to be speaking for them have put a rush to judgment ahead of a need to determine, and base words and actions on, the facts.

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Media 'Dangle' Can Be Vital Tool

By Ron Hosko, LE Action president

 

USA Today, echoing others, objects to the FBI's use in a 2007 case of the Associated Press name in an investigation of multiple bomb threats and disruptive cyber attacks at a high school near Olympia, Wash.

Though this view is understandable, the government's actions offer a glimpse into the challenge of cyber investigations and into FBI policy considerations. Perhaps it's a teachable moment, but little more.

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President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Our Police Officers

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

 

The police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last month turned a St. Louis suburb of 21,000 into a media circus.

The public watched breathlessly in the weeks that followed as violent protests pitted police against protesters and looters against shop owners. While so much of the discussion has focused on race, it also concerns the role of law enforcement in our communities.

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Apple And Google’s New Encryption Rules Will Make Law Enforcement’s Job Much Harder

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

Sep. 23, 2014

 

Shortly before I retired as assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in April, I watched a bizarre kidnapping unfold. An older man was tased, beaten and zip-tied, then forcibly taken from his home in Wake Forest, N.C. The victim was the father of a local prosecutor who’d helped try members of a violent, nationwide gang.

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President Obama, Attorney General Holder, And Our Police Officers

By Ron Hosko, LE Action President

Sep. 29, 2014

 

The police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last month turned a St. Louis suburb of 21,000 into a media circus. The public watched breathlessly in the weeks that followed as violent protests pitted police against protesters and looters against shop owners. While so much of the discussion has focused on race, it also concerns the role of law enforcement in our communities.

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Police Militarization: It's Not About The Equipment, It's About Keeping The Peace

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

Aug. 19, 2014

 

Militarization of police forces has become the latest buzz phrase for politicians, pundits, and, it seems, everybody else. By now everybody in America, and probably well across the world, knows about, and has a theory about, the riots and looting following the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Missouri Riots: Let The Facts Determine The Outcome

By Alfred Regnery, LE Action Chairman

Aug. 13, 2014

 

The world is outraged over the shooting of a black teenager in suburban St. Louis over an altercation with police. The headlines scream that police "executed an innocent young black man" and the head of the St. Louis NAACP says "another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement." ABC News quotes the mother of the deceased boy saying the cop who shot him should get the death penalty, and The Washington Post describes him as a "gentle giant." But the facts in the case are still virtually unknown to the lynch mob, as well as to the world. Sounds a little like justice in the South in the 1950s.

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