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Boehner now regrets 'mocking' fellow conservative Republicans

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That didn't take long. About a week.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a Catholic, surprised many of us when he publicly made fun of his fellow Republicans as unwilling to take on the challenging task of passing immigration reform. Now Boehner regrets the modest but well-deserved public shaming of his House members.

According to a CNN report:

The call for clemency applications

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A couple of years ago, a woman I'll call Ann saw me give a television interview about prison sentencing reform. She phoned me right away to tell me about her son, who, she said, received a 10-year sentence in federal prison for his second marijuana possession. A lawyer was filing an appeal, but she didn't know if he would be successful.

Alas, I didn't have any hope to hold out to her. Congress seems even less likely than the Missouri legislature to shorten drug possession sentences, and such reform benefits are almost never retroactive, though there's no reason they couldn't be.

Obama: Francis 'makes us want to be better people'

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Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual “100 most influential people” issue and asked a fellow world leader to write a tribute: President Obama.

“Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people,” Obama wrote. “Pope Francis is such a leader.”

Obama lauded the pontiff for his “message of inclusion” and his many acts of kindness, such as “embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, (and) washing the feet of young prisoners.”

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