Oct 17, 2018

Prison bureau says U.S. prisons are reaching capacity

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Low-security correctional facilities are running out of space to house inmates because of convicted immigrants who are being housed in them, according to a redacted document filed by the United States Bureau of Prisons.

Why it matters: The bureau is requesting an extension on a contract with a private prison operator to run a correctional facility in Texas. The filing claims that the 32 low-security facilities in the Bureau of Prisons are unable to handle more inmates and says the bureau's "overall population is expected to increase significantly" as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' requirement for mandatory charges at their highest severity for all immigrants illegally crossing the border.

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A closer look at how colleges can reopen

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Masks in class, sports on hold, dorm life without roommates and summer 2021 classes for some: Brown University President Christina Paxson tells "Axios on HBO" it's all in play as colleges consider whether and how to safely reopen campuses in the fall.

Why it matters: An extended shutdown of U.S. colleges and universities would leave nearly 20 million students and 3 million employees with an uncertain future, but premature reopenings without proper coronavirus safeguards could jeopardize lives and force more closings.

How Disney World could host the NBA

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After weeks of speculation, the NBA announced Saturday that it is in early discussions to resume its season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

What they're saying: The NBA's most well-sourced reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski, says "everything is pointing toward" this happening, and that teams could start recalling players as soon as next week for a two-week quarantine period and formal training camp before heading to Florida.

U.S.-China trade tensions are escalating again

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As the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in China, it's becoming clear that its targets for the phase one trade deal with the U.S. are unrealistic and there is so far no sign of a plan for renegotiation.

What's happening: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Thursday the trade deal was "intact, and China has every intent of implementing it."