Chelsea Manning's case, Chinese opioid drugs, a family split by immigration status
January 18, 2017
President Barack Obama defends his decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence. Also, how Chinese drugs are fueling the US opioid epidemic. Plus, an Obama staffer from Argentina looks back on her White House experience.
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China announces a ban on carfentanil, a lethal opioid originally designed to tranquilize elephants. One of the main ways it's been reaching American streets and driving up the rate of fatal overdoses is through the US Postal Service.
Some 273 people were pardoned or had their sentences commuted on Tuesday by President Barack Obama. One of them was 75-year-old Oscar López Rivera. His supporters from San Juan to Chicago are greeting the news like it was a national holiday.
Obama has commuted more sentences than any other president in history, but a look at the stats reveals more context. FDR forgave way more people.