The House Ethics Committee has finally charged Maxine Waters (D-CA) with corruption. In 2008, Maxine arranged a meeting between the Treasury Department and representatives of OneUnited bank – where her husband was a notable shareholder. As a
Opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016–the highest year on record. Roughly 40 percent of those deaths stem from an opioid prescription. Opioid deaths comprised roughly 66 percent of all drug overdose deaths in 2016. To put that figure in context, that is more lives than annually lost to breast cancer.
Older Americans ages 55 to 64 are experiencing the largest increase in opioid deaths. The rate of death for this group grew exponentially from 1999-2016, growing six-fold.
Experts say the opioid crisis is contributing to decreased life expectancy in the nation. For the first time since 1962, life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second consecutive year.
The firearm industry was riding high during the run-up to the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton was favored to win, and an array of gun rights advocates warned of a looming Second Amendment crackdown. Earlier that year, President Barack Obama had stoked similar fears by proposing to expand federal background checks. Firearm purchases soared.
That hoariest of right-wing boogeymen — a new Democratic administration hellbent on taking everyone’s guns — had returned. One Las Vegas gun store even advertised a “pre-Hillary” sale. “Don’t wait!” it cautioned. “Prices will skyrocket after Crooked Hillary gets in.” Between December 2015 and December 2016, the FBI reported record numbers of background checks.