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Crime-law overhaul hits barriers

Election-year politics, police shootings slow Congress’ effort

By MARY CLARE JALONICK The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 31, 2016 at 4:00 a.m. Updated August 31, 2016 at 4:00 a.m.

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Sen. Mike Lee (left), R-Utah, confers with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington in this March 16 photo.

Hopes for overhauling the nation's criminal justice system have faded in Congress this year, undercut by a spate of summer shootings involving police and the pressure of election-year politics.

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hah406 says... August 31, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

The bill is about low level non violent offenders, mostly drug offenders, and our idiot boy Cotton says "it is a dangerous experiment that would let dangerous criminals loose." At his best, Cotton is dumb as a rock about this stuff. At his worst, he is probably hoping for another 9/11 so he can start another war.

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