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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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State prison populations down to lowest point in a decade

December 31, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more than three decades.

The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
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How New Yorkers feel about the NYPD

December 24, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Right now, New Yorkers' attitudes toward their police force seem to provide still more evidence of a divided city. But not so long ago, a lofty regard for the New York Police Department united residents instead.
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