It’s no secret that John Legend finds it important to use his popularity and fame to address political issues. And before President Obama leaves office, Legend is making sure to get some requests in. In an open letter to Mr. Obama that was published in Rolling Stone, Legend took on an issue that has always been important to him: Clemency for non-violent drug offenders. After a brief introduction that included a nod to their personal friendship, Legend thanks the president for his policies toward criminal justice reform -- including the more than 1,000 people whose sentences have been commuted by Mr. Obama and banning solitary confinement for juveniles in federal facilities. But Legend wants more. “Before you leave office, I would like to add my voice to the more than 2 million Americans who have asked you to use your clemency and pardon powers to bring justice to the thousands of families of non-violent drug offenders who have waited far too long for … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo John Legend writes open letter to President Obama
Open letter to trump
ISLAMABAD -- The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released an "open letter" to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 16 years of war. In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, the insurgents said Mr. Trump has recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan. However, Mujahid said Mr. Trump should not hand control of the U.S. Afghan policy to the military but rather announce the withdrawal of U.S. forces - and not an increase in troops as the administration has planned. The 1,600-word note said a U.S. withdrawal would "truly deliver American troops from harm's way" and bring about "an end to an inherited war." The United States now has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Trump has so far resisted the Pentagon's recommendations to send almost 4,000 more to expand training of Afghan military forces and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Taliban “open letter” to Trump urges U.S. to leave Afghanistan
Dear Mrs. Clinton: My mother was born in 1920, the year that women received the right to vote in the United States. Today, she lives in a nursing home in rural Minnesota. “I have my hair and my teeth and I have my marbles,” my mom says to anyone who will listen. She has lived through the Great Depression and a World War and has lived long enough to see an African American man occupy the Oval Office. She hasn’t yet seen a woman become President of the United States. You can change that, Mrs. Clinton. Your friends say that you are perfectly content, after being First Lady, U.S. Senator, presidential candidate and Secretary of State, to have time to clean out your closets. Even if that is true, which I find hard to believe, now that you have had a few months of being a private citizen, I suspect that the future is beginning to crystalize for you. If you live for 30 more years, Mrs. Clinton, you will be approximately as old as my mother is now. Like her, you will probably … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton
A Massachusetts child-care worker was charged Thursday with sending the threatening letter filled with white powder to Donald Trump Jr. that sent his wife to the hospital — along with four other bizarre letters mailed to a California prosecutor, a law professor, a senator and actor Antonio Sabato Jr. Daniel Frisiello, 24, was arrested after what prosecutors called "a textbook federal investigation" that traced the unsigned letters to him after he also ordered a "glitter bomb" for one of the recipients, using his own name. The powder in the letters was not dangerous. The FBI said Frisiello — who was suspended from his job at Catholic Charities' Peabody Child Care Center — is cooperating. He is charged with mailing threat to injure and false information and hoaxes. Each letter had a different complaint and referenced recent news events — from the sexual abuse conviction of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to the sexual assault case of former Stanford … [Read more...] about Massachusetts man charged with sending ‘powder’ letters to Trump, others
A Massachusetts man was arrested Thursday in connection with the mailing five letters containing suspicious white powder, one of which was sent to President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law. Daniel Frisiello, 24, was arrested with federal charges of mailing threats to injure and providing false information and hoaxes and is set to appear in federal court in Worcester later Thursday, according to the Department of Justice.Story Continued Below Frisiello allegedly mailed the first letter to Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., which his wife, Vanessa, opened in February. Vanessa was transported as a precaution to a hospital in New York, shortly after coming in contact with the substance, which the New York Police Department said was nonhazardous. Authorities said Frisiello referred to Trump Jr. as an "awful person."“You are an awful, awful person, I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV,” the letter read, according to the Justice Department. “You make … [Read more...] about Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly sending white powder letter to Trump Jr.