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President Obama To Make Historic Move and Free Dozens of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

The president will commute more people than any other president in fifty years.

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The facts are familiar: The United States has more people behind bars than any other country in the world. Nearly half of all federal prisoners, and one in five state prisoners, are serving time for drugs. So it came as a relief to many when aides recently told The New York Times that President Obama would be commuting the sentences of dozens of nonviolent drug offenders. While the numbers have yet to be released, it’s expected that Obama will commute more sentences at one time than any other president in nearly fifty years.

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Obama Wants the Rich to Pay Higher Taxes—It'll Never Happen

President Obama argues the wealthy should pay higher taxes; almost all Republicans oppose him.



President Obama sent a message to Congress today outlining a plan to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion through a combination of tax increases on the wealthy, corporate tax reform, spending cuts and efficiencies.

You can check out the report here for a wonky look at what the White House envisions, but the graphic above is probably more relevant to what’s going to happen in Congress: The vast majority of Republicans have promised to oppose any tax increases, regardless of circumstance, which takes compromise off the table.

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Do Something! Obama's Five Main Proposals for Fixing the Jobs Crisis

If the ideas presented by Obama become the centerpiece of the political debate, policymakers will be talking about the right problem. Finally.

If government can do something to create more jobs, why hasn't it?

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