A few short months after Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Atlantic cover story “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Congress is working to solve the problem of excessive jail time for non-violent drug offenses. The push for criminal justice reform could deliver President Obama with a legacy accomplishment in his final year in office. With support from across the political spectrum, reform bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to reduce prison terms and mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses. One usual foe of the President has been leading the effort — Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte, the Chairman of the House Judiciary committee. On the verge of President Obama’s final State of the Union address, Representative Goodlatte joined The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons in an Atlantic Exchange to discuss the effort for bipartisan criminal justice reform.
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Featuring Graham Allison
and Jeffrey Goldberg
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Beyond Brexit and Trump: The Future of Global Nationalism
The Atlantic's editors will explore the changing landscape of global politics and the effect that Washington, DC has on the rest of the world.
What Do the Midterms Mean?
With The Atlantic's Politics Team
The midterm elections could define one of the most pivotal periods in America’s recent history. One week after the country votes, The Atlantic’s top political reporters and editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg take stock of the results and analyze what they mean for the president, policy, and politics leading up to the 2020 presidential campaign.
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