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More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses

More Than 3,200 Serving Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses  Of the 3,278 prisoners, 79 percent were convicted of nonviolent, drug-related crimes such as possession or distribution, and 20 percent of nonviolent property crimes like theft. Its mostly red-states locking blacks up for life for minor crimes. No surprise here. 

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a family’s economic situation is a bigger determinative force in a child’s academic performance than any other major demographic factor. For poor kids, that means the intensifying hardships of poverty are now creating massive obstacles to academic progress. What real education reform looks like – Salon.com

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Mexico City Needs Regulatory Reform, Not Underground Buildings

Mexico City Needs Regulatory Reform, Not Underground Buildings “Living underground is a dystopian scenario for when the surface of the earth becomes uninhabitable, it shouldn’t be a go-to response to a regulatory mandate for short buildings.” If the point of building codes is so far removed from what is needed for actual utilization of land, […]

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Malpractice Methodology

The traditional way to reform medical malpractice law has been to impose caps on liability — for example, by limiting punitive damages to something like $500,000. A far better strategy would be to provide safe harbor for doctors who follow evidence-based guidelines. Anyone who could demonstrate that he has followed the recommended course for treating […]

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Republicans Plan to Penalize States on Primaries

The Republican National Committee plans to penalize at least four states holding early primaries, including New Hampshire and Florida, by refusing to seat at least half their delegates at the party’s national convention in 2008, a party official said Tuesday. From: Republicans Plan to Penalize States on Primaries – New York Times I like this. […]

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Senate May End an Era of Cloakroom Anonymity

all three variations on the Senate hold one of the most secretive backroom weapons in Congress have been used to tie the chamber in knots by allowing senators to block legislation and nominations anonymously, and to do so for reasons as simple as pique or payback. And “Holds are good government,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, […]