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President Trump is enjoying a rare day of bipartisan accolades after commuting the lifetime sentence of nonviolent drug offender Alice Johnson, as Axios' Jonathan Swan scooped earlier today.
Why it matters, via Swan: The pardon or commutation power is one part of the presidency that works as Trump originally conceived of the job. He, and he alone, can fix it — to borrow a Trumpian expression. Trump is largely bypassing the normal procedures for vetting these pardons and is open to hearing from friends, allies, and famous people he knows.
Be smart: This also shows the power of celebrity with Trump. Look at the remarkable path to this commutation:
Between the lines: Jared Kushner has been working for months on prison reform and a bill recently passed the House, Swan notes. Kushner seizes on any opportunity he can find to popularize the issue — and to that end, Kardashian has been a powerful vehicle.
Johnson's daughter Tretessa told Business Insider: "The mercy Trump has extended towards my mom, and the advocacy of Kim Kardashian, my family will never forget that. Never."
The big picture: As the NYT's Peter Baker notes, "The president’s intervention was contrary to the policies his own Justice Department has enacted since he took office. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year ordered federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible charges and sentences against criminal defendants, reversing President Barack Obama’s efforts to ease penalties in nonviolent drug cases."
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"Police in Virginia say they arrested a soldier who stole an armored personnel carrier from the Fort Pickett National Guard base and was chased by police for more than 60 miles," the AP reports.
"Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, was charged with eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle, the Virginia National Guard said in a news release." [AP]