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Justice Department Opens Investigation of Baltimore Police at Mayor's Request

May 8, 2015
Pete Williams, Erin McClam | NBC News
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, citing a "serious erosion of public trust," announced Friday that the Justice Department would investigate whether the Baltimore police had engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations.
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Loretta Lynch's limited options

May 6, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
The new attorney general faces competing political interests and legal strictures in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots.

Justice in Baltimore for Freddie Gray, Gay Marriage at the Supreme Court & Bernie Sanders Challenges Hillary Clinton

May 1, 2015
Charges have been filed against six officers in Baltimore and SCOTUS justices weigh same-sex marriage case.
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Should government play a role in addressing root causes of Baltimore’s upheaval?

April 29, 2015
At the White House, President Obama condemned the violence in Baltimore and called for reflection on systemic troubles driving the anger. Gwen Ifill sits down with Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina -- where another police department came under fire recently for the death of a black man -- to discuss increasing police transparency and improving prospects for struggling communities.
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Obama: Baltimore Violence Part of "Slow-Rolling Crisis"

April 29, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
As the city of Baltimore hunkered down during a second day of unrest Tuesday, President Obama defended the city’s police as well as state and local officials and said individuals who torched cars and buildings and looted businesses overnight “need to be treated as criminals.”
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What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who’s lived there for over 30 years

April 28, 2015
Michael Fletcher | The Washington Post
It was only a matter of time before Baltimore exploded. In the more than three decades I have called this city home, Baltimore has been a combustible mix of poverty, crime, and hopelessness, uncomfortably juxtaposed against rich history, friendly people, venerable institutions and pockets of old-money affluence.
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2016 Candidates Are United in Call to Alter Justice System

April 28, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The last time a Clinton and a Bush ran for president, the country was awash in crime and the two parties were competing to show who could be tougher on murderers, rapists and drug dealers. Sentences were lengthened and new prisons sprouted up across the country.

Al Qaeda Captives Killed in Drone Strike, Loretta Lynch Confirmed, Hillary Clinton Scrutinized & U.S. Navy Monitors Yemen

April 24, 2015
Two civilians killed in U.S. operation in Pakistan, Senate confirms new Attorney General and questions about Clinton Foundation contributions.
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