11/14/2018

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11.14.2018 | The Editors

ESSENTIAL #1: “BIPARTISAN SENTENCING OVERHAUL MOVES FORWARD, BUT RESTS ON TRUMP” NICHOLAS FANDOS AND MARGARET HABERMAN, THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the article: “A bipartisan group of senators has reached a tentative deal on the most substantial rewrite of the nation’s sentencing and prison laws in a generation, giving judges more latitude to sidestep mandatory minimum sentences and easing drug sentences that have incarcerated African-Americans at much higher rates than white offenders.

The lawmakers believe they can get the measure to President Trump during the final weeks of the year, if the president embraces it.

The compromise would eliminate the so-called stacking regulation that makes it a federal crime to possess a firearm while committing another crime, like a drug offense; expand the “drug safety valve” allowing judges to sidestep mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders; and shorten mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, according to draft text of the bill obtained by The New York Times.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “FEDS FIND ‘BLATANT DISREGARD’ FOR VETERAN SAFETY AT VA NURSING HOME, ALREADY AMONG NATION’S WORST” DONOVAN SLACK, USA TODAY, AND ANDREA ESTES, THE BOSTON GLOBE

From the article: “‘We have significant concern about the blatant disregard for veteran safety by the registered nurses and certified nurse assistants,’ agency investigators wrote in a report about the 112-bed facility. The Brockton facility is a one-star nursing home, the lowest rating in the agency’s own quality ranking system.

…The problems at the Brockton nursing home are the latest to surface in a review of VA nursing home care by USA TODAY and The Boston Globe.

In June, the news organizations revealed the VA’s secret quality ratings showed that care at more than 100 VA nursing homes across the country scored worse than private nursing home averages on a majority of key quality indicators last year.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “THE NEW GOP COALITION IS EMERGING” REIHAN SALAM, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “Looking further out, though, Republicans will have no choice but to attract a far larger universe of working-class voters to address the upper-middle-class exodus. Regardless of the outcome of the next presidential election, younger members of the party need to start to thinking about the post-Trump landscape, and what it will take to expand the Republican coalition. The loss of henrys could, in theory, free Republicans to pursue policies that might cut against the interests of affluent voters while serving those of other voters with more modest incomes. Again, skepticism is warranted as to whether the incumbent GOP political class is capable of adapting to this new political landscape. But as Trump demonstrated in his 2016 presidential campaign, political entrepreneurs are always lying in wait to exploit unrealized opportunities.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “MELANIA TRUMP PUBLICLY CALLS FOR WHITE HOUSE AIDE’S FIRING” DARLENE SUPERVILLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

From the article: “In an extraordinary move, Melania Trump called publicly Tuesday for the deputy national security adviser to be dismissed.

After reports circulated Tuesday that President Donald Trump had decided to remove Mira Ricardel from her post at the National Security Council, Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, released a statement that said: ‘It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.’”

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