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Though congressional leaders and the president have said passing sentencing reform is a priority, there are only a few months to pass legislation before lawmakers begin a series of breaks and before the presidential campaign intensifies.
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Bill and Hillary Clinton greet supporters at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue in November. Bill Clinton is expected to have a greater presence on the campaign trail after the New Year.
A recent decision by the North Carolina Board of Elections allows state and local candidates to coordinate where, when and on what outside groups spend their money during an election.
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Activists hold posters during a March 2005 rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to support separation of church and state. The court heard two cases regarding whether Ten Commandments monuments should be displayed on government properties.
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Donald Trump listens to the crowd cheer during a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday. Given Trump's recent comments, media organizations have had to grapple with how to cover his campaign -- and many have reached different conclusions.
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