WASHINGTON (AP) — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks.
Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested an Ohio man who espoused support for the Islamic State and who allegedly plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol in a military-style assault, according to court documents.
Christopher Lee Cornell, a 20-year-old resident of the Cincinnati area, was charged with purchasing and possessing firearms and attempting to kill U.S. government officers and employees.
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A voter-passed ballot initiative by Washington D.C. voters to legalize small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital may be stopped by a measure introduced into the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
James Conca, Forbes
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This is a very, very important question, as relevant today as it was in 1943. Richard Rhodes recently gave a lecture at the Hanford site in Washington State for the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project that provides more insight into this issue than any other I have ever heard.