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With Democrats and Republicans now agreed that the war on crime got tougher than it needed to be, senior senators of both parties are proposing reforms in a rare moment of bipartisanship.

Also on the program, the death toll in last month's stampede of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia is now more than a thousand. A Muslim writer — almost killed in the same place during a pilgrimage 12 years ago — now wants other Muslims to join a boycott of Saudi Arabia.

Photo: SalFalko

Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Reached 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Negotiators for the US and 11 Pacific Rim nations agreed today on the largest regional trade accord in history. The Trans-Pacific Partnership covers commerce and worker standards in 40% of the world's economy — while very much excluding China. Phil Mattingly, national political correspondent for Bloomberg TV, has more on the deal, which must now be ratified by Congress.

Phil Mattingly, Bloomberg TV (@Phil_Mattingly)

Getting Less Tough on Crime without Going Soft 32 MIN, 36 SEC

During the crime wave of the 1990's, Congress imposed mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes — on the grounds that locking up inmates and throwing away the key would make America safer. Now, both Republicans and Democrats agree that unintended consequences have created a mandate for change. In a rare display of bipartisanship last week, leading Senators of both parties announced a reform proposal. Supporters on both sides say it doesn't go far enough — but it might have a chance of passing.

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post (@WesleyLowery)
Molly Gill, Families against Mandatory Minimums (@mmgillwriter)
Marc Mauer, Sentencing Project (@SentencingProj)
John Pfaff, Fordham Law School (@JohnFPfaff)

Lowery on the long-awaited compromise on criminal justice reform
The National Journal on how a team of Senators convinced Chuck Grassley on justice reform
FAMM on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123)

Some Muslims Call for a Boycott of Saudi Arabia 10 MIN, 29 SEC

Last month, survivors were left to identify the bodies of families and friends after more than 1000 people were killed in a stampede during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Photo: Bilal Randeree

Twelve years ago, journalist Asra Nomani and others in her family were almost killed in the same way — virtually in the same place. After this year's deaths, the author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam has called for a boycott of Saudi Arabia.

Asra Nomani, Muslim Reform Movement / Pearl Project (@asranomani)

Standing Alone

Asra Q. Nomani

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