Republicans and Democrats can't agree on much, but after decades of gridlock, there is a new movement in Congress to revise federal sentencing laws. Libertarian Republicans and Liberal Democrats agree that the current laws are too expensive to maintain, and unfair to disadvantaged people. Republican Senator Churck Grassley will introduce a bipartisan sentencing bill before the summer recess—the legislation would allow convicts at low risk of recidivism to earn time off their sentences. For a look at what is driving this bipartisan push were joined by Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent.
Mullah Omar is dead, according to the latest reports from the Afghan government. Omar became the Supreme Leader of the Taliban movement in 1996, and was overthrown by U.S. led forces in 2001.
At the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, the first instrument Louis Armstrong ever played, and the last one, are now on display together, along with many other artifacts from the late, great musician.
Over at Atlas Obscura, freelance writer Richard Kreitner and mapmaker Steven Melendez put together one of the most extraordinarily detailed maps of literary road trips you might ever see.
The Takeaway explores a basic income in America, a trans student's fight to use the bathroom, and Dr. Seuss's longtime art director drops by to discuss his newly released book.