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Sen. Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican and Judiciary Committee Chairman (Associated Press) **FILE**

Senators craft prison reform bill to handle drug offenders, help judges in sentencing

By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

A proposal put forth Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators to reform the U.S. criminal justice system would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, provide judges more flexibility in sentencing, and create more opportunities for recidivism-reduction programs in prisons. Published October 1, 2015

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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, during the committee's hearing  on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Federal Air Marshal Service misconduct under scope at House panel hearing

- The Washington Times

A scandal regarding two Federal Air Marshals who posed as pornography producers as they hired prostitutes and filmed their sexual encounters on government-issued cellphones came to light as the agency investigated a fraudulent disability claim, according to testimony given Thursday at a congressional oversight hearing.

In this photo taken Wednesday May 20, 2015, a guard tower and razor wire are seen at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders

- Associated Press

California on Tuesday agreed to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer.

Black Lives Matter protesters agitate at the front gate of the Minnesota State Fair during a protest Saturday. Some fear the protest movement may be promoting violence against police that contributed to a Houston deputy's slaying by a black man Friday. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

Police want Obama to cool rhetoric blamed for violence

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement officials are frustrated by the Obama administration's failure to address the "anti-cop" rhetoric coming from the Black Lives Matter movement, and some fear it's promoting a climate of violence against police officers that may have contributed to Friday's fatal ambush of a Houston sheriff's deputy.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. intel: More jihad terror cases in 2015 than at any time since 9-11

- The Washington Times

There have been more U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, according to a "Terror Threat Snapshot" report released Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who asserts that U.S. officials must "do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source."

Mourners visited a makeshift memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center on Saturday for victims of the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday. President Obama's time in office has been peppered with terrorist-related attacks, raising complex questions about his handling of the fight against Islamist terror. (Associated Press)

Obama's resolve to fight Islamist terror questioned after latest attack on U.S. soil

- The Washington Times

President Obama so far has escaped a Sept. 11-style catastrophe, but his time in office still has been peppered with terrorist-related shootings from Fort Hood to Benghazi, raising complex questions about this administration's handling of the fight against Islamist terror and putting a spotlight on controversial domestic issues such as gun control.

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands following the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Obama to host China's Xi Jinping despite cyberattacks

- The Washington Times

Despite China's escalating cyberattacks that are stealing massive amounts of sensitive U.S. government personnel and military data, President Obama still plans to have China's president as an honored guest in Washington this year, the White House said Wednesday.

Russian army bombers fly over Grand Kremlin Palace during a Victory Parade rehearsal in Moscow. (Associated Press)

Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year

- The Washington Times

The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to keep out of its affairs in Ukraine.

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Image of Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

ORRIN G. HATCH: Why the rush to a new attorney general?

President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general is an opportunity to refurbish the tarnished image of both the Senate and the Department of Justice.

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

- The Washington Times

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke.