Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Bureau of Prisons Director Mark Inch resigned from his position two days before the White House's prison reform roundtable last week, per the New York Times.

The big picture: Inch felt excluded from major decisions in the Justice Department and
caught in an "ideological turf war" on prison reform between Jared Kushner, who is pushing the idea from the White House, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who opposes most of the ideas in the bill that has passed the House, according to the Times.

What's next: The White House-backed prison reform bill is now headed to the Senate where Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley — and several Democrats — are insisting the bill include sentencing reform. Some criminal justice reform advocates see Inch's resignation as an opportunity to do just that, despite opposition to lowering federal sentencing guidelines from Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump.

  • Keep in mind: Whoever replaces Inch will be in charge of actually implementing whatever prison reforms manage to make it into law.

Go deeper: Trump's prison reform turn.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11 p.m. ET: 31,201,975 — Total deaths: 963,068— Total recoveries: 21,356,412Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11 p.m. ET: 6,833,931 — Total deaths: 199,815 — Total recoveries: 2,615,949 — Total tests: 95,841,281Map.
  3. Health: CDC says it mistakenly published guidance about COVID-19 spreading through air.
  4. Media: Conservative blogger who spread COVID-19 misinformation worked for Fauci's agency.
  5. Politics: House Democrats file legislation to fund government through Dec. 11.
  6. World: U.K. upgrades COVID alert level as Europe sees worrying rise in infections — "The Wake-Up Call" warns the West about the consequences of mishandling a pandemic.

Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

Sen. Cory Gardner on vacant Supreme Court seat: "I will vote to confirm"

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he announced in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The development is a win for President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). It should mean Republicans are all but assured to have enough support to hold hearings for Trump's potential nominee.

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