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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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Senate Slow To Schedule Hearings For Attorney General Nominee

January 7, 2015
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Confirmation hearings for nominee Loretta Lynch will offer the new Republican majority a chance to register protests about White House action on immigration and other controversial issues.
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Boston Bombing: Trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Begins With Jury Selection

January 6, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
The man charged with the terror attack near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon went on trial Monday in a federal courthouse less than two miles from where two bombs, concealed in backpacks, exploded with devastating force.
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Obama's drug-sentencing quagmire

January 5, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to commute the sentences of nonviolent drug offenders who were caught up in the disparities in laws governing crack and powder cocaine is lagging, burdened by vague guidelines, lack of Justice Department resources and the unusual decision to invite advocacy groups like the ACLU to help screen applications, according to lawyers close to the process.
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No Delay: Appeals Court Clears Way for Boston Bombing Trial to Begin

January 5, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
A federal appeals court declined Saturday to delay the start of the Boston bombing trial — rejecting a defense request that the appeals court either order the judge to move the trial out of Boston or hold a hearing on the issue.
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