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Justice Department Opens Investigation of Baltimore Police at Mayor's Request

May 8, 2015
Pete Williams, Erin McClam | NBC News
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, citing a "serious erosion of public trust," announced Friday that the Justice Department would investigate whether the Baltimore police had engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations.
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Hillary and the Burden of Clintonism

May 7, 2015
Molly Ball | The Atlantic
Last week, in the first policy speech of her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton staked out a position on criminal-justice reform that was a direct repudiation of Bill Clinton's tough-on-crime policies.
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Loretta Lynch's limited options

May 6, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
The new attorney general faces competing political interests and legal strictures in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots.
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Why the place you grow up can limit earning power for life

May 4, 2015
Poor children in Baltimore face worse economic odds than low-income kids elsewhere. That’s according to a new analysis by Harvard’s Equality of Opportunity Project, which found that where a child is born has a huge effect on their future financial success. Gwen Ifill learns more from Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard University.
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Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

May 5, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.
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Obama unveils program to help young men and boys of color to succeed

May 5, 2015
Christi Parsons, Michael Memoli | Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Monday launched a private-sector program to promote opportunities for men and boys of color, decrying the “sense of unfairness and of powerlessness” that fuels such violent eruptions as the Baltimore riots and pledging to make equality a cause of his lifetime.
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Obama to Unveil Nonprofit for Young Minorities After Baltimore Unrest

May 4, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama will have another opportunity on Monday to address the racially charged turmoil in Baltimore and what he has called the “slow-rolling crisis” of police relations with minorities when he meets with a group of young black and Hispanic men in New York.
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Why couldn’t $130 million transform one of Baltimore’s poorest places?

May 4, 2015
Michael Fletcher, Michael Rosenwald | The Washington Post
Along the street where Freddie Gray was arrested, abandoned houses are gashed with gaping holes. The roof on an old red-brick building is collapsed. A storm drain is clogged with concrete.
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