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Noting that violent crime is at “near generational lows” while the “U.S. prison population exploded,” Jonathan Wroblewski, director of the Justice Department’s policy and legislation office, suggests that the DOJ would seek changes in sentencing guidelines, including those for drug crimes

In Salon, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett makes the case for Liz Cheney for Senate.

The New York TimesDavid Leonhardt explains that it’s very difficult to gauge exactly what restrictions on abortion Americans want.

Also in Salon, David Dayen explains how Elizabeth Warren’s case for financial reform is so convincing that even the Tea Party buys it.

Yes, the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial was about Stand Your Ground, explains Media Matters‘ Matt Gertz.

At Military.com, Richard Sisk points out that House Republicans’ cuts to SNAP benefits, aka “food stamps,” will hit some military families.

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Sen. Susan Collins

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How thin can one person’s skin possibly be? Sen. Susan Collins tested the limits of that question with her response to a sidewalk chalk message asking her to vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act, codifying the abortion rights of Roe v. Wade into law.

“Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,” the chalk message outside Collins’ home in Bangor, Maine, read. They said please, in a medium that causes no damage, and she called the police.

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Jim Lamon

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.Arizona Republican Senate candidate Jim Lamon has repeatedly said he wants to save and preserve Social Security. But his own campaign website reveals that he aims to raise the program's eligibility age and to privatize it, leaving millions of Americans to fend for themselves.

In a video message on his website, Lamon claims, "Social Security is headed for a train wreck, for bankruptcy. Politicians who kick the can down the road, we must save Social Security. I intend to be bold in the U.S. Senate to make it happen."

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