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

What do you think about long prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders?

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) declared on Sunday morning that she will oppose any Republican attempt to move ahead with a Supreme Court nomination to fill the seat left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

"For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," said Murkowski in a statement released by her office. "Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed."

The Alaska Republican joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's announced determination to replace Ginsburg with a Trump appointee. If McConnell loses two more Republican votes, he will be unable to move a nomination before Election Day.