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Obama issues final round of sentence commutations

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Obama issues final round of sentence commutations

President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 330 inmates on his final full day in office, the White House announced. Obama has set a record with his aggressive use of clemency power. The 1,715 commutations granted during his eight years in office are more than any president in the nation’s history. Of those, 568 were sentenced to life in prison.

“You have been granted a second chance because the president sees the potential in you,” White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a blog post. “The president concluded that you have taken substantial steps to remedy your past mistakes and that you are deserving of a second chance.” More Liberal Gibberish

This latest round comes just two days after Obama doled out 209 commutations and 64 pardons, including a shorter prison stay for former Army soldier Chelsea Manning. Obama received blowback from Republicans and some Democrats on Capitol Hill over the decision to set Manning’s release for May 17, 2017.


The former army private, who is transgender, received a 35-year sentence for leaking classified information about U.S. national security activities that were later disclosed by WikiLeaks – the longest sentence anyone’s ever received for a leak conviction.

Retired Gen. James Cartwright was also given a second chance. The former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was accused of lying to the FBI about his conversations with reporters regarding U.S. efforts to cripple Iran’s nuclear program was among those pardoned this week.
But Thursday’s batch did not contain those types of names or other well-known political figures who have typically received clemency from past presidents during their final days. For example, Obama faced pressure to offer commutations or pardons to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).  Instead, the list was made up of non-violent drug offenders on whom Obama has focused his attention during the past two-plus years.
Obama started a clemency initiative in 2014 designed to shorten drug sentences he views as unjust.
In many cases, the sentences were handed down under federal mandatory minimum guidelines that have since been rolled back by Congress.  But conservatives have been critical of the unprecedented rate at which Obama has granted clemency.
“People say, well why should we change the sentencing rules in criminal justice reform if the president can just do it with a flick of his pen?” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said earlier this week.
Clemency advocates praised Obama for his action Thursday, calling it a “last act of mercy.” “With this last act of mercy, President Obama has closed out a historic effort to restore some balance and fairness to a federal prison system that has caused needless destruction of thousands of lives and families,” Jessica Jackson Sloan, #Cut50’s national director, said in a statement. The group, which is working to cut the prison population in half, called on President-elect Donald Trump to pick up where Obama left off.
“Clemency can and should continue to play an important role in ensuring that justice is administered smartly and equally,” Sloan said. “We hope President Trump will continue granting mercy to families desperately seeking to be reunited with their loved ones.”picture1
More than half of all federal prisoners are serving time for drug convictions, and #Cut50 said the vast majority had no prior criminal history.

– Updated at 3:29 p.m.

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Obama Pardoning Manning and Lopez is jab in America’s eye, and sets a dangerous precedent that could effect National security into the future.

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The Obama to Trump “Peaceful Transfer of Power” maybe more like the transfer of booby traps set to disable and trip up the Trump White House.

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Obama would rather put the U.S. on the Brink of war with Russia than accept responsibility for their election loss.

Obama Chooses War / Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017.

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Trump Replies Back to Obama’s ‘WAR CRY’ on Republicans — Will Have You Screaming Like an Eagle

waving flagPosted on January 5, 2017

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Yesterday Obama asked top Dems to keep fighting Trump and the Republicans on Obamacare. Chuck Schumer delivered that message in front of cameras and reiterated their support of Obama’s wishes. This morning, Trump replied to their threats. It’s a great as you think it is! Check it.

President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at congressional Democrats on Thursday – including ‘head clown’ Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader – saying they should work with Republicans to find a workable replacement for the Obamacare medical insurance overhaul plan.

‘The Democrats, lead [sic] by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME,’ Trump wrote in a series of morning tweets.

‘The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning. ”Keep you [sic] doctor, keep your plan!” It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works – much less expensive & FAR BETTER!’AMEN

A day earlier, the president-elect urged Republicans to blame Democrats for the ‘mess’ of Obamacare, while outgoing president Barack Obama counseled Democrats not to bail Republicans out by signing on to replacement efforts once the GOP goes through with its plan to repeal Obama’s signature legislative proposal.

The counter-charges in the rekindled Obamacare wars came as Republicans are planning an immediate attack on the law thorough executive actions and an early legislative push.

Obama went to the Capitol to meet with Congressional Democrats to plot strategy in an effort to prevent his achievement from getting dismantled – a victory Democrats won only at great cost, including with the loss of their congressional majorities.

The president told Democrats not to ‘rescue’ Republicans by joining their effort to passing replacement measures, amid GOP efforts to court some conservative Democrats.picture1

He pointed to the post-Obamacare Tea Party revolution, and even urged his party to try to brand Republican-backed changes as ‘Trumpcare’ as a rhetorical way to saddle the opposition party with responsibility for what ensues, CNN reported.How Pathitic

Asked by reporters what he said on his way out of the closed door meeting, Obama said only, ‘Look out for the American people.’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama said he felt ‘envy’ for those who have the opportunity to ‘keep up the fight’ as he prepares to decamp the White House for a rented home in Northwest Washington.partyof-deceit-spin-and-lies

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Some say that the latest sanctions Obama placed against Putin and the Russians for suspected hacking have no teeth.

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The Presidential Transition is coming up and Obama warns President-Elect Trump not to destroy everything he has accomplished the past 8 years.

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