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How can Ferguson law enforcement break a pattern of bias?

March 3, 2015
A new report by the Department of Justice says that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have shown a pattern of racial bias and civil rights abuses. The findings come after a months-long investigation following the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Gwen Ifill gets reaction from Justin Hansford of Saint Louis University School of Law and Paul Butler of Georgetown University Law Center.
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DOJ: Ferguson Police Routinely Discriminate Against African Americans

March 4, 2015
Carrie Johnson | npr
A Justice Department investigation finds police and local courts in Ferguson, Mo., routinely violate the constitution and federal laws. Civil rights investigators cite a pattern of racial bias.
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D.C. makes pot legal, with restrictions

February 26, 2015
The District of Columbia joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington state in legalizing recreational use and possession of marijuana. Federal law still outlaws the drug, however, putting the nation’s capital at the high-profile crossroads of both state and federal laws. Gwen Ifill talks to Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post to discuss the restrictions on the new law.
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Loretta Lynch One Step Closer To Attorney General

February 27, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next U.S. Attorney General on Thursday. Next stop: a full Senate vote on confirmation.
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Justice Department 'seriously examining' Ferguson race case

February 18, 2015
Josh Gerstein, Adam Lerner | POLITICO
In weighing whether to bring discrimination charges against the Ferguson Police Department, the Justice Department has been “seriously examining” allegations that the city’s enforcement of minor offenses discriminated against minorities and often led to jail time and to fines that lined the city’s coffers, a law enforcement official confirmed to POLITICO.
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FBI Chief James Comey Calls for Facing 'Hard Truths' About Race and Policing

February 13, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
FBI Director James Comey said Thursday the nation must not "turn up the music on the car radio and drive around" the conflict between police and racial minorities.
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Loretta Lynch’s top 5 challenges

January 30, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
For Loretta Lynch, the Senate’s confirmation hearings this week were the easy part. The set of challenges facing Lynch as Attorney General are so daunting she could wonder why she wanted the job. Cybercriminals are testing the tech-challenged government’s ability to keep up, relations between police and minority groups are badly frayed and the public is sharply divided over the legitimacy of widespread surveillance.
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Attorney General Nominee Faces Senate Judiciary Committee

January 29, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
In a crowded hearing room in Washington Wednesday, Loretta Lynch faced hours of questioning in her bid to become attorney general. If confirmed, she would be the first African-American woman to serve in that post.
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Janet Reno: The First Female Attorney General

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March 12, 1993
Confirmation hearings began Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General. If confirmed, Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, would be the first African American woman to hold the post of top law enforcement officer.
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