Democracy in America

“WE DON’T have a sentencing problem; we have a crime problem”, Jeff Sessions told sheriffs in Oklahoma in a recent speech. Arguing that jail sentence times and prison populations had been declining while there had been a “national surge in violent crime” the attorney-general concluded: “If we want to bring…

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JAMES MATTIS, America’s defence secretary, is a man who weighs his words. He is a reader, earning fame in the Marine Corps for carrying works of Roman military history into warzones in his rucksack, even as he earned a simultaneous reputation for ferocity in combat. He speaks sparingly in public,…

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