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Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump promises 'fair trade'; says trade policy 'not free'

Making good on one of his campaign promises, President Trump vowed to make changes to NAFTA, also known as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Meeting with business leaders from Ford, Tesla, Dell and others at the White House Monday morning, Trump stated he will impose legislation that will charge tariffs (taxes) on companies that ship their products to the U.S.

President Trump meets with business leaders at the White House. Photo/Chicago Tribune.
"We're the only ones that make it free to come into the country", he said.

Trump said countries like China make it difficult to ship products to their country, but do not pay to ship their products to the U.S.

"We want fair trade", Trump said.

NAFTA was enacted under former president George H.W. Bush in 1992 and signed into legislation by Bill Clinton in 1994.

The president also wants to impose sanctions on U.S. companies who manufacture overseas as he vows to 'bring jobs back to America'.

Ford CEO, Mark Fields said the meeting was "positive for CEOs and American manufacturing."


Trump also signed today an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) enacted under President Obama.

In the afternoon, the president is also expected to meet with Union Leaders and American workers.

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Pool report indicates the president met with the following business leaders and CEOs:

Mr. Michael S. Dell, Dell Technologies

Mr. Jeff M. Fettig, Whirlpool

Mr. Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company

Mr. Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson

Ms. Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin

Mr. Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic

Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, Dow Chemical

Mr. Mario Longhi, U.S. Steel

Mr. Elon R. Musk, SpaceX

Mr. Kevin Plank, Under Armour

Mr. Mark S. Sutton, International Paper

Mr. Wendell P. Weeks, Corning

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump's Inaugural Address

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
January 20, 2017

Remarks of President Donald J.  Trump – As Prepared for Delivery
Inaugural Address
Friday, January 20, 2017
Washington, D.C.

As Prepared for Delivery –
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.


Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.  We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle on the White House portico with incoming president and first lady.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down. 

America will start winning again, winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth.  And we will bring back our dreams.We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. 

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.Now arrives the hour of action.Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. 

Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

An Earnest, and sincere, praise

Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in his last press briefing under the Obama administration, received some kind words from the Commander-in- Chief during Tuesday's press briefing. The president praised Earnest for his "integrity", for being a "straight-shooter" and having an "All-American" look "going for him."

"That's helpful", said the president.


Earnest has been ridiculed for being "too vanilla" and had been ridiculed by incoming president Trump as being "foolish."

Said Trump during one of his campaign rallies, "This foolish guy, Josh Earnest, I don't know," Trump told the crowd. "You know, having the right press secretary is so important because he's so bad the way he delivers a message. He can deliver a positive message and it sounds bad. He could say ladies and gentlemen, today we have totally defeated ISIS, and it wouldn't sound good, OK?"

During today's presser Earnest said, "I have to admit that even that one made me laugh."



Earnest (more selective than previous Obama press secretaries about reporters he chooses to call on during press briefings) said his job hadn't been all fun and games and rattled off a laundry list of times he has 'tangled' with Senator Chuck Schumer over various pieces of legislation.

"There was a time where I tangled with Senator Schumber for funding for DHS in New York City, and the time I battled with Schumer over the Iran deal..."

Today's briefing marked Earnest's 354th briefing as press secretary. He is the third press secretary under the Obama administration, succeeding press secretaries Robert (Bob) Gibbs and Jay Carney.

President Obama Grants More Commutations and Pardons

President Obama continues to grant pardons and commutations before the new administration is ushered in. Among those on the vast list presented Tuesday include court-martial ed Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army Private who leaked sensitive material to Wiki Leaks. His original sentence of 35 years has been reduced under the current administration. The disgraced soldier, who now identifies as a woman (Chelsea Manning) is slated to be released in May 17, 2017.

Following the theme of pardoning disgraced U.S. military personnel, President Obama showed clemency to former Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright, who was found guilty of lying to reporters about the role of the U.S. to take down Iran's nuclear program.

Bradley Manning (left), now Chelsea Manning (right) will be released from prison in May, 2017 under President Obama's clemency 


The two ex-military members join the list of 64 Americans, many who were pardoned for various drug-related offenses. 

Per the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2017

President Obama Grants Commutations and Pardons

WASHINGTON – Today, the President granted commutation of sentence to 209 individuals and pardons to 64 individuals:

The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 209 individuals:

         Pablo Abrugar Abulencia –Silver Spring, MD
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 11, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 205 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Christopher Almaguer – Fort Worth, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine; distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine (two counts); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; causing another to engage in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas
Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 25, 2005); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment (October 8, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Jerry Jerome Anderson ─ Macon, GA
Offense: Possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; continuous violations of the Controlled Substances Act by occupying the position of management and organizer; conducting financial transactions with proceeds from illegal drug activities (four counts); Middle District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (February 19, 1991)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2020.

         Turner Ashe, Jr. ─ Indianapolis, IN
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and/or distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; Southern District of Indiana
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 31, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Roland J. Bailey ─ Washington, DC
Offense: Unlawful possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; District of Columbia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (December 22, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

         Terrance Baker – Detroit, MI
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute controlled substance; possession of a firearm in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; Eastern District of Michigan
Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 16, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Timothy Barker ─ Pleasantville, NJ
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine; Southern District of New York
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 31, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Darryl K. Barnes ─ Philadelphia, PA
Offense: Possession of more than 50 grams of cocaine base “crack” with intent to distribute; possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (October 26, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Blake Demond Beard ─ College Park, GA
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 24, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Kim Davis Beckstrom ─ Ogden, UT
Offense: Distribution of methamphetamine; District of Utah
Sentence: Life imprisonment (June 16, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Calvin Biggs ─ Chicago, IL
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute “crack cocaine”; possession of a firearm by a felon; Northern District of Illinois
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (December 2, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Anthony Billings – Clarksburg, WV
Offense: Distribution of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a playground; Northern District of West Virginia
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (May 19, 2005); amended to 292 months’ imprisonment (January 12, 2012); amended to 235 months’ imprisonment (February 2, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Wayne Allen Bledsoe, Jr. ─ Temple, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute “crack” cocaine; aiding and abetting money laundering; Western District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $3,000 fine (December 1, 1995)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Robert Booker ─ Detroit, MI
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; operating a crack house; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Northern District of Indiana
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 13, 1995); amended to 360 imprisonment (July 26, 1996); amended to life imprisonment (October 2, 1997); amended to 456 months’ imprisonment (March 26, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment.

         Ulysses Simon Bouie ─ McDonough, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of five kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to commit money laundering; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 7, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment.

         Antwan Boyd ─ Bartow, FL
Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm; possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 25, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

         Henry Robert Brown ─ Westchester, IL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, cocaine base, marijuana, and a mixture containing heroin and fentanyl; aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; Eastern District of Wisconsin
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $450,000 money judgment (February 7, 2011)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 292 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $450,000 money judgment remitted when his sentence expires.

         Michael Dwight Brown – Glen Burnie, MD
Offense: Distribution of cocaine; District of Maryland
Sentence: 360 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (April 17, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Raymond Brown – Roper, NC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack); possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Eastern District of North Carolina
Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (August 5, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

         Valarian Jaymonn Brown – St. Petersburg, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana; possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (March 27, 2012)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment.

         William Brown – Covington, KY
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine); possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine); aiding and abetting to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine); aiding and abetting to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine); Eastern District of Kentucky
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (January 11, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Damon Burkhalter ─ Lewisville, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; Eastern District of Louisiana
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (July 17, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Clarence Rex Burnell ─ LaBarge, WY
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; District of Wyoming
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (July 24, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019 and unpaid balance of $5,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Latasha Sherri Butler ─ Lubbock, TX
Offense: Distribution of 50 grams or more cocaine base; Western District of Texas
Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 27, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         James Toves Cabaccang – Hawaiian Gardens, CA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; District of Guam
Sentence: Life imprisonment (April 1, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 292 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Timothy Wayne Calhoun ─ Houston, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 28, 1996)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Rickey Calloway ─ Louisville, KY
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine (two counts); interstate travel and act in aid of an illegal business enterprise involving narcotics and controlled substances (two counts); possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Western District of Kentucky
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 17, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment.

         Adrian Antoine Campbell ─ Hampton, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine; possession with the intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine; Northern District of Georgia
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 28, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Paul Anthony Cass – Talladega, AL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing cocaine base (11 counts); maintaining a place for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing a mixture and substance containing cocaine base; Northern District of Alabama
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 24, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

         Calvin Caver ─ Cleveland, OH
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (two counts); Northern District of Ohio
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 2, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon residential drug treatment.

         Alberto Chahia – Grand Forks, ND
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; District of North Dakota
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 23, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         John Choate – Albany, KY
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine; Eastern District of Tennessee
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (September 11, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Chris Coleman – Belton, MO
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and cocaine; aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine base; Western District of Missouri
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (February 12, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months' imprisonment.

         Kelvin Dandrea Cotton ─ Houston, TX
Offense: Aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $2,000 fine (October 14, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to 240 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $2,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires.

         Melvin Couch ─ Elk Creek, KY
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 10 kilograms or more of cocaine; Eastern District of Kentucky
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $10,000,000 forfeiture (February 15, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 180 months’ imprisonment and unpaid balance of $10,000,000 forfeiture remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Terrance Cox – Jackson, TN
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Western District of Tennessee
Sentence: 188 months' imprisonment; four years' supervised release (November 30, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Iris Yolanda Davila – Reading, PA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 grams of heroin and 50 grams of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute heroin; Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release (October 30, 2000)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

         Lawrence Stafford Davis – Andrews, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (commonly known as “crack cocaine”); possession with intent to distribute and distribution of five grams or more of cocaine base and aiding and abetting (commonly known as “crack cocaine”); District of South Carolina
Sentence: 228 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (October 30, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment

         Robin Marie Davis – Roanoke, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base and 500 grams or more of cocaine; Western District of Virginia
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 18, 2009)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment

         Quincy Dennis ─ Cincinnati, OH
Offense:         1. Attempt to distribute cocaine base (crack); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of Ohio
2. Possession of a prohibited object (marijuana) by a federal inmate; Eastern District of Kentucky
Sentence:        1. Life imprisonment; $30,000 fine (September 12, 1997)
2. Six months’ imprisonment (consecutive); two years’ supervised release (December 13, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, and unpaid balance of the $30,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Christopher M. DePree – Cape Girardeau, MO
Offense: Distribution of a substance containing five grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Missouri
Sentence: 188 months' imprisonment; four years' supervised release (November 14, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 16, 2017.

         Vandarrell Leon Doe – Glennville, GA
Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); manufacture of 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack); Southern District of Georgia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (April 25, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 262 months' imprisonment.  

         Donald Wayne Dowling – Odessa, TX
Offense: Aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute and a controlled substance, methamphetamine; Western District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 15 years' supervised release (August 2, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Deante Drake – McKeesport, PA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Northern District of West Virginia
Sentence: 292 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (May 12, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Arthur Edmonds – Passaic, NJ
Offense: Controlled substance: sell, distribute, possess, dispense; District of New Jersey
Sentence: 327 months' imprisonment; five years' supervised release (August 5, 2003)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Daryl Edwards – Lakeland, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment (November 18, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months' imprisonment.

         Billy Ray Fairley, Sr.  – High Point, NC
Offense: Distributed cocaine base (crack); Middle District of North Carolina
Sentence: 288 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (December 12, 2002)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Dujuan Farrow ─ Richmond, VA
Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Eastern District of Virginia
Sentence: Life imprisonment (April 7, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Stacey Lane Fisher – Waynesboro, VA
Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; prohibited person in possession of ammunition; Western District of Virginia
Sentence: 240 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release; $1,000 fine (June 21, 2011)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 168 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Carroll Fletcher – Oxon Hill, MD
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute more than 15 kilograms of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms or more of cocaine base, and 20 grams or more of heroin; maintaining a residence for manufacturing, distributing and using a controlled substance; unlawful distribution of 50 grams or more of cocaine base; unlawful possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; District of Columbia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 19, 2005)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017

         Leonard Lyle Fontenot – Ville Platte, LA
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine, and marijuana; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Western District of Louisiana
Sentence: Life imprisonment; six years' supervised release (June 7, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment.

         Donnell Bartholomew Ford – Houston, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; conspiracy to commit money laundering; attempted possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years' supervised release; $10,000 fine (December 18, 1998)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 300 months' imprisonment and unpaid balance of $10,000 fine remitted when his sentence expires.

         German Gallegos – Fabens, TX
Offense:         1. Importing a quantity of marijuana greater than 100 kilograms; possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of marijuana greater than 100 kilograms; Western District of Texas
2. Supervised release revocation (Importation of a controlled substance; possession with intent to distribute); Western District of Texas
Sentence:        1. 240 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (July 16,
            2008)
2. 24 months' imprisonment (four months consecutive, 20 months concurrent) (July 16, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Jeffery Garrett – Indianapolis, IN
Offense: Knowingly possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine base; possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Indiana
Sentence: Life plus 60 months’ imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (November 3, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 360 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Darryl C. Gillard – Shreveport, LA
Offense: Distribution/possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine base; distribution of cocaine; Western District of Louisiana
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (May 18, 1994)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Ernest Milton Glover – Washington, DC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute one kilogram or more of phencyclidine; District of Columbia
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 7, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Ernest Gonzalez – Mathis, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: Life imprisonment (June 13, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 210 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Pablo Gonzalez, Jr. – Corpus Christi, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana; conspiracy to commit money laundering; Southern District of Texas
Sentence: 135 months’ imprisonment; five years' supervised release (July 28, 1999); amended to 120 months’ imprisonment (February 27, 2015)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Kenneth Wayne Gragg – Hickory, NC
Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine (two counts); possession of a firearm and ammunition in and affecting interstate commerce by a convicted felon; carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Western District of North Carolina
Sentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (August 7, 2007)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Rogel Grant ─ Brooklyn, NY
Offense: Distribution of more than five grams of cocaine base (“crack”); distribution of more than 50 grams of cocaine base (“crack”); possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (“crack”); Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 19, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 17, 2017.

         Fontelle Ricardo Groves – Clayton, NC
Offense:         1. Supervised release revocation (conspiracy to possess with intent to
                              distribute cocaine base); Eastern District of North Carolina
2.      Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more
     than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of North Carolina
Sentence:        1. 51 months’ imprisonment (December 19, 2005)
2. 262 months' imprisonment (concurrent); five years' supervised release;  
    $2,100 restitution (March 7, 2006)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 188 months' imprisonment and unpaid balance of $2,100 restitution remitted, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Antonio Merlin Harmon – Columbia, SC
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine and five grams or more of cocaine base; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; District of South Carolina
Sentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (May 13, 2010)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on January 17, 2019, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Emma Jean Harmon – Tampa, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base (two counts); distribution of marijuana (two counts); distribution of cocaine base (two counts); convicted felon in possession of firearms; Middle District of Florida
Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years' supervised release (October 22, 2004)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 240 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.

         Douglas Eugene Harms ─ Sioux City, IA
Offense: Manufacture and distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine actual, distribution of methamphetamine to a person under the age of 21, distribution of pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, all after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense; interstate travel or transportation in aid of racketeering enterprise; Northern District of Iowa
Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 16, 2008)
Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 196 months’ imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment.