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  • Minimal reform on mandatory sentencing

    Minimal reform on mandatory sentencing
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder's plan to reduce overcrowding in federal prisons by instructing federal prosecutors to stop invoking mandatory minimum sentences against low-level, nonviolent drug offenders was a welcome, if overdue, announcement. The policy's chief shortcoming is that Mr. Holder can't, by himself, correct this long-standing problem. That will require intervention by Congress — as well as by legislatures in states where similar problems exist.
  • Racial profiling provision of immigration bill scrutinized

    Racial profiling provision of immigration bill scrutinized
    A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant-rights advocates led by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland wants to strengthen a provision in the Senate's sweeping immigration bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling. The 867-page,...

    Nothing unique in Akin's nonsense

    Nothing unique in Akin's nonsense
    Rep. Todd Akin's fame — more accurately, his infamy — now reaches all the way to the Congo. There, Eve Ensler, the award-winning American author of “The Vagina Monologues” and herself a survivor of rape, wrote an open letter...

    Deep Red Kansas Seat Could Be Up For Grabs

    Let's go out on a limb and predict that a Republican majority will retake the Senate in November's elections. After all, Nate Silver, the paragon of quantitative journalism, puts the party's chances of doing so at 62.6 percent. On second thought, let'...

    Sleeper in Kansas might upset Senate election calculus

    Let's go out on a limb and predict that a Republican majority will retake the Senate in November's elections. After all, Nate Silver, the paragon of quantitative journalism, puts the party's chances of doing so at 62.6 percent. On second thought, let's...