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Understanding Eric Holder’s legacy for the Justice Department

September 26, 2014
After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation.
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Eric Holder: no one forced me out

September 25, 2014
Gwen Ifill | PBS NewsHour
“Well, I can say that to those who think that they forced me out, I hate to break their hearts, but that’s totally untrue,” Holder told me in a telephone interview after the White House confirmed he would step down. “If they couldn’t force me out during the first term, with all of the things that they did – all the mistakes that they made – they certainly weren’t going to do it after what I think has been a relatively good period where we have moved on criminal justice reform, we’ve initiated the fight for voting rights, we’ve done a lot of good things around the issues of LGBT equality.”
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Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

September 25, 2014
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

ISIL Executes Journalist James Foley; Eric Holder In Ferguson & Rick Perry Indicted

August 22, 2014
The ISIL threat and President Obama's response following the execution of journalist James Foley; Attorney General Holder visits Ferguson, Plus, the felony indictment against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Joining Gwen: Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News, Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Amy Walter, Cook Political Report.
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Russian Convoys in Ukraine; Hostage Journalists in Syria & Remembering James Jeffords

August 22, 2014
On the Webcast Extra, Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan reports on Russian convoys rolling into Ukraine.  Some call it "invasion," while others call it "humanitarian relief."  Plus, the state of journalists abducted in Syria, Bank of America's record billion dollar mortgage settlement and remembering Sen. James Jeffords who single-handedly changed control of the Senate in 2001. 
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Holder: DOJ needs Congress’ support to reduce immigration backlog

August 1, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder sits down with Gwen Ifill to discuss the House vote to allow the speaker to sue President Obama, the backlog of immigration cases and the political fight over border crisis, death penalty reforms, voting rights and more in an exclusive interview.
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What Toyota’s $1.2 billion settlement means for the auto industry

March 20, 2014
The Justice Department announced a record $1.2 billion dollar penalty leveled at automaker Toyota. A four-year criminal investigation determined the car company had concealed unintended acceleration issues, a serious safety concern. That case could serve as a warning to General Motors, now facing its own federal investigation. Gwen Ifill talks to David Shepardson of the Detroit News and Joan Claybrook, president emeritus of Public Citizen.
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Senate blocks Obama nominee over cop-killer case

March 6, 2014
Susan Davis | USA Today
The U.S. Senate narrowly rejected President Obama's nominee to oversee the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division due to Republican and law enforcement objections to the role he played in the defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. In a statement, Obama called the defeat of Debo Adegbile a "travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant."
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Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

February 12, 2014
Carrie Johnson | NPR
Attorney General Eric Holder called on 11 states to repeal "counterproductive" laws that bar convicted felons from "the single most basic right of American citizenship-the right to vote." In a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University law school, Holder used his bully pulpit to note that 5.8 million people are prohibited from voting because of current or former felony convictions, including 1-in-5 black adults in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia.
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