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Sessions embraces federal role in probing Charlottesville violence

August 15, 2017
Josh Gerstein | Politico
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing an aggressive federal investigation into the deadly violence in Charlottesville over the weekend, but as he all but promised a federal prosecution, he also broke with his long-standing position that civil rights and hate crimes cases are generally best left to local authorities.
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Sessions blasts Rahm Emanuel over sanctuary suit

August 8, 2017
Josh Gerstein | Politico
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lashed out at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday, delivering an unusually caustic reaction to a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's plans to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.
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Harvard fight could redirect 40 years of affirmative action

August 7, 2017
Joan Biskupic | CNN
The Justice Department this week signaled it would pursue Asian-American students' complaints of bias in admissions at Harvard University, a move that could ultimately alter the future of affirmative action nationwide.
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DOJ Announces Crackdown On Leaks As Intelligence Agencies' Calls For Probes Triple

August 7, 2017
Carrie Johnson | NPR
The Justice Department has experienced an "explosion" in the number of referrals, or requests for probes, this year from intelligence agencies over the leak of classified information, prompting the attorney general to consider whether to loosen regulations on when it can subpoena media organizations.
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Chicago suing Justice Dept. over sanctuary city rule

August 7, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Chicago is taking the Justice Department to court. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement provided to Axios that his city will try to force the DOJ to keep giving it crime-fighting grant money, despite the fact that the city doesn't cooperate fully with federal immigration enforcement.
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Citing recusal, Trump says he wouldn’t have hired sessions

July 20, 2017
Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, Michael Schmidt | The New York Times
President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”
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Washington Week Ahead: Welcome back, Congress

July 10, 2017
As Congress returns from recess, is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell any closer to passing health care reform? Plus, the Senate will holding hearings for President Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI after firing James Comey in May.
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White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

June 24, 2017
Jeff Zeleny, Tom LoBianco, Dan Merica | CNN
The White House is letting President Donald Trump's tweet Thursday -- asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey -- stand as the President's official statement.
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