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Cook has said that the Holder memo "handcuffed prosecutors" and it limited when "enhancements" can be used to increase penalties, an important leverage when dealing with a career offender and getting them to cooperate. In fact, under President Barack Obama, the crime rate and incarceration rate both went down for the first time in 40 years. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been outspoken about his disdain for cannabis and his desire to shut down the industry as a whole, but some ...
  • Trump marks National Day of Prayer, signs executive order on religious freedom

    Trump marks National Day of Prayer, signs executive order on religious freedom

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    The order is meant to cripple the Johnson Amendment, which bans tax-exempt religious organizations from political activities, speech, and fundraising. Mr Pence, a fierce social conservative, signed a religious liberty bill during his time as governor of IN, leading to a national backlash from LGBT-rights supporters and the bill's eventual revision.
  • Authorities: Jet crashes at small airport near New York City

    Authorities: Jet crashes at small airport near New York City

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    Witnesses described a surreal scene of melting cars and exploding tires. Firefighters respond after a jet crashed into a building near Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, N.J., Monday, May 15, 2017. The plane crashed in a residential area in northern New Jersey . Carlstadt Mayor Craig Lahullier said all of the town's employees already had left for the day before the plane crashed near its public workers building.
  • Barrington man facing charges in Penn State pledge brother's death

    Barrington man facing charges in Penn State pledge brother's death

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    He died a day later as a result of head injuries and a ruptured spleen. At about 1 a.m., fraternity brothers put a backpack full of books on Piazza, who had thrown up and was twitching, in an attempt to keep him from rolling onto his back, according to the grand jurors' findings.
  • Eric Holder: Sessions Memo 'Dumb on Crime'

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    Some involved in criminal justice during the drug war feared the human impact would look similar. The Sessions memo marks the first significant criminal justice effort by the Trump administration to bring back the toughest practices of the drug war, which had fallen out of favor in recent years with a bipartisan movement to undo the damaging effects of mass incarceration.
  • New Orleans Takes Down 'Lost Cause' Confederate Statue

    New Orleans Takes Down 'Lost Cause' Confederate Statue

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    Shortly after 10 p.m. the whole group converged around a priest who recited prayers and read several Bible verses. If we don't want to be forever held back by our crushing history of institutional racism, it's time to relegate these monuments to their proper place.
  • Police obtain amateur video of 15-year-old who was shot

    Police obtain amateur video of 15-year-old who was shot

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    He has been the primary spokesperson for the family since the shooting. "If that crucial part of the story is a lie, everything else is up for question", Rivera told the Hartford Courant . A GoFundMe page has since been set up for Negron to raise money for his funeral service. Police said Negron's body was left uncovered in the street for hours due to "evidence-gathering reasons".
  • Trump Says It's a Good Idea Not to Have Press Conferences!

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    Spicer wasn't around for the immediate aftermath of the Comey firing, as he was on Naval Reserve duty on Wednesday and Thursday. Watch the insane preview of his Fox News interview! "I guess the L.A Times said that somebody had seen one alongside the highway down by Santa Monica, and some other guy went over in Washington D.C.
  • Jones says racial taunts speak to wider racial issues

    Jones says racial taunts speak to wider racial issues

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    The Red Sox said any spectator behaving poorly forfeits the right to be in the ballpark and could be subject to further action. Red Sox: Farrell said knuckleballer Steven Wright, who was put on the disabled list Monday with a sprained left knee, is "contemplating the options that are available to him and "surgery's not ruled out.".
  • Trump on Comey's firing: There's 'no right time to do it'

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    As CNN reported Friday evening, people familiar with Rosenstein's thinking say he doesn't see a need at this point for a special prosecutor. White House officials said Friday the president was moving expeditiously to find an interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director along with a permanent replacement for Comey, who was sacked Tuesday.
  • Former National Intelligence Chief: U.S. Government "Under Assault" by Trump

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    Justice Department officials began interviewing candidates on Saturday to replace fired FBI Director James Comey. "I think Jim Comey deserves his chance to lay out to the American public his side of the facts", Warner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on "This Week" on Sunday morning.
  • Learjet crashes into building near airport, two killed

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    The Learjet 35A, a twin-engine jet often used for business or personal travel, crashed at 3:30 p.m. about one-quarter mile (0.4 kilometer) from the busy hub for corporate aviation near NY, according to an emailed statement from the U.S. Berta said the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey hasn't confirmed the number of people aboard the plane. Witnesses said they heard loud popping noises, apparently from vehicle tires exploding in the heat and flames.