Murder rates are edging up in some cities, and police chiefs are complaining that federal officials are cutting back on aid they need to protect their cities, says the New York Times. Yet crime is a non-issue so far in the Bush-Kerry presidential campaign. The Times says crime's back-burner status is due in part to the fact that crime rates remain well below the levels of the late 1980's and early 90's. Once-sharp differences between Democrats and Republicans on some law-and-order issues have become blurred, softening the subject's political . . .
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