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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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Rep. Elise Stefanik

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Reprinted with permission from American Independent

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the third-ranked Republican in the House, began running a series of campaign ads on Facebook on Wednesday invoking a racist conspiracy theory that falsely alleges that immigrants are being invited to the United States to replace white voters.

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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Newly unredacted records from a whistleblower complaint in the State Department have shed light on more allegations against former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and members of his former staff.

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