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The United States is preparing to release thousands of prisoners considered at low risk of returning to crime, as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding and redress overly harsh sentences. According to the Washington Post, about 6,000 prisoners will be set free around November 1, a US record for a single mass release. The release comes after the US Sentencing Commission, which sets policy for federal crimes, reduced its sentencing guidelines for drug possession.
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans on Wednesday defended the special committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, while one Democrat filed a complaint seeking an internal review of potential ethics violations. The political wrangling followed remarks by U.S. House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a television interview last week that the taxpayer-funded investigation had hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton as she seeks her party's presidential nomination. McCarthy later said he did not mean to suggest the committee's purpose was to harm the former secretary of state's political prospects and on Wednesday told reporters he misspoke in the Sept. 29 interview on Fox News.