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Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

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Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions.

Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading to the call for reform Sunday on MSNBC in reference to speeches made at the National Action to Realize the Dream March this week. “The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed,” said Billy Murphy, a former Baltimore circuit judge turned criminal defense attorney. “The private prison industry is sucking the life out of the black community. … it is the enemy of progress for black people.”

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Describing Holder’s proposal as “the single most significant proposal for reform that any attorney general has ever put forth with regard to sentencing,” Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights noted that “It’s proof positive that elections do matter, they have consequences.”

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Internet disgusted after Erdo?an makes Trump and GOP senators watch propaganda video in the Oval Office

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On Thursday, Axios reported that during a reception at the Oval Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an — who has come under international scrutiny for his brutal treatment of Kurdish freedom fighters — whipped out his iPad and made President Donald Trump and several GOP senators watch a video describing Kurds as terrorists.

Commenters on social media were quick to excoriate the president for allowing a notorious strongman to bring propaganda into the White House and make U.S. officials watch it on his personal tablet:

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GOP’s best defense of Trump’s ‘corrupt schemes’ may doom him in 2020 election: conservative columnist

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Conservative columnist Eli Lake thinks that House Republicans may have done a good job of defending President Donald Trump during Wednesday's opening impeachment hearings -- but he also thinks they undermined his chances of winning the 2020 election.

In his latest Bloomberg column, Lake argues that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) made a smart argument in favor of not impeaching the president: Namely, that his attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden fell apart before it could be fully executed.

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Trump flying in for last-ditch rally to save Louisiana GOP governor candidate with ‘really bad’ vote returns

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Republicans suffered a major blow in Kentucky after Gov. Matt Bevin, a firm ally of President Donald Trump, was defeated by Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear — despite the president's efforts to help the GOP, culminating in a massive rally in Lexington on the eve of the election.

Now, according to Politico, GOP strategists are worried that a similar outcome could happen in Louisiana, where conservative Democrat John Bel Edwards will stand for re-election on Saturday against Trump-loving businessman Eddie Rispone.

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