Weapons, explosive devices and aerial photos of schools found during child porn raid in Florida


A child porn raid at a Florida home this week turned into something much more when authorities found loads of weapons and explosive devices — as well as aerial photos of two schools and a threatening note.


Detectives seized 20 guns, more than 2,300 rounds of ammunition, 15 knives, a baseball bat with protruding nails and a crossbow while serving a warrant at Randall Drake’s home, where he lives with his parents. The items were found in a locked closet.


Ten of the weapons discovered Wednesday were rifles, and two of them were shotguns.


“The daughters come, and I am ready,” read a handwritten note found in the Dunedin residence. “I have fed on my hatred for centuries. My fury at those who imprisoned me shall be vast and without mercy. I shall have my bloody revenge, and then the WORLD WILL BURN BURN.”


Investigators found three destructive devices, as well as aerial photos of two Hillsborough County schools and a water treatment facility.


“It’s very concerning,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Thursday, according to NBC News.


Two of the devices were constructed of “metal cylindrical cigar tubes” containing gun powder and wicks for detonation, according to the sheriff’s office. The third device included a plastic tube containing gun powder, wrapped in tape with a fuse.


The 24-year-old Drake, who was charged with two counts of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device, refused to speak with investigators. A computer was also taken as part of the child porn probe, according to NBC News.


—New York Daily News


Nancy Pelosi says she needs to stay on as Democratic leader so there is a woman at the table


WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday she needs to keep her leadership position so there is a “top” woman at the table when decisions are made.


Pelosi made the comment on ABC’s “The View” while recounting being interrupted by Cabinet officials during a recent White House dinner with President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.


“I was the only woman at the table, and that’s why I have to stay there, to be one of the top women, top people, at the table,” she said.


The Democrat from San Francisco previously said she was considering retiring if Hillary Clinton won the presidency. She said Friday she stayed in order to protect the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.


Pelosi, who has been in Democratic leadership since 2001 and was the first female House speaker, has faced calls to step aside to make way for a new generation of leaders. Among those calling for her to step aside is fellow Californian Rep. Linda Sanchez of Whittier.


Pelosi on Friday brushed aside a question about calls for new leadership from “The View” panelist Meghan McCain, saying that while a few Democrats want her to go, many others want her to stay.


Earlier this week, Pelosi told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t want to be dismissive of this, but I’m not worried about it.”


—Tribune Washington Bureau


White House considering bipartisan drug price task force


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is considering launching a bipartisan task force to investigate the rising cost of prescription drugs, sources with knowledge of the discussion say.


The announcement could come as early as next week, but the sources caution that discussions remain in the early stages and are still fluid. They say it could be part of an expected announcement on the opioid crisis that Trump hinted at earlier this week.


“We are going to be doing that next week,” Trump said of his decision to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. “That is a very, very big statement. It’s a very important step. And to get to that step, a lot of work has to be done and it’s time-consuming work.”


Trump promised to make such a declaration several months ago, but the administration has yet to take any official steps.


The White House declined to comment.


Trump has long chastised the drug industry and the skyrocketing cost of treatments, commonly referring to pharmaceutical companies as “getting away with murder.”


The White House earlier this year considered an executive order targeting drug prices and even circulated draft proposals, some of which included long-sought provisions by the pharmaceutical industry, sources said.


That order was put on hold as to not interfere with the ongoing Republican attempt to repeal the 2010 health law, according to individuals with knowledge of the discussions.


Should Trump choose to launch a task force on the issue, it would likely receive bipartisan praise. Both Democrats and Republicans have assailed the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has held a series of hearings on the issue.


—CQ-Roll Call