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    When I see the word ‘reforms’ in the headline and its repetition throughout the article, I think of the common meaning and usage, ie something that changes for the better. Is that really what’s happening? It seems these are not reforms but the very opposite.

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    Hi Charles,

    Could use a section to cover Sessions reversal of policy concerning states that are decriminalizing cannabis.

    AG who as a former supporter of “states rights” now declares that Federal Law should apply in those states.

    Some background here, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/opinion/jeff-sessionss-war-marijuana.html

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      This is the big one. I’ll add it, but could you elaborate on it once I do?

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        Sure I’ll look at it.

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          Just added the section. Plenty to flesh out. Let me know if you need any help.

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    “While the federal prison population is declining, his comments could reflect plans to implement policy that would result in a higher incarceration rate”

    speculation, bias?? “Witnesses say they saw my cousin Killick killing crows with his new Glock9. Could the neighborhood crime rate be going up?” It’s in the same zip code.

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      Hi Jonathon- I included more links and context to support the statement. It’s not that controversial of an assertion. Sessions has already instituted policy that will likely lead to an increase in the prison population. It’s mainly come in the form of reversing Obama-era decisions.

      I’m not sure if this addresses your concerns, let me know if anything else is missing.

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        DU
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        “In May 2017, Sessions directed federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe charges where possible, reversing an Obama directive to treat non-violent drug offenses with a lighter prosecutorial hand (Guardian). ”

        What a difference a sentence makes, much improved.

        I would change “his comments could reflect…” to “his comments and related actions could reflect…” to telegraph the next sentence.

        While “could” and “may” are definitionally interchangeable, “would” is too strong unless you want to back it upon with definitive studies. “may” for “could” is stylistic but has a less presumptive air. I might consider “his comments and actions may reflect plans to implement policy that could result in a higher incarceration rate”

        I also think “left-leaning” is somewhat loaded as per Wikipedia’s first paragraph on the subject, particularly the last sentence:

        Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to social hierarchy.[1][2][3][4] It typically involves a concern for those in society whom its adherents perceive as disadvantaged relative to others (prioritarianism) as well as a belief that there are unjustified inequalities that need to be reduced or abolished (by advocating for social justice).[1] The term left-wing can also refer to “the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system”.[5]

        “liberal-leaning” may be less provocative and likely more accurate.

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          I made the edits you suggested. Next time, feel free to dig into the copy yourself.

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