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War On Weed's End In Sight

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The end of the federal government's War On Weed is approaching fast. No matter how the details work out, that much seems pretty clear at this point.

FBI Director Comey Botched The Clinton Email Announcement. Here's How He Should Have Handled It.

Riley Roberts | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Riley Roberts

Not including the incumbent, only twelve men have served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation since the job was created, in its present ...

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

The Power of One: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Gender Inclusivity

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

This past Monday, Attorney General Lynch spoke, and the nation listened.

Attorney General Requests Nation's Governors Issue Valid IDs to Released Prisoners

Laura Goldman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

In the last year of his presidency, Barack Obama has become serious about criminal justice reform. The Department of Justice declared April 24-30 as ...

Nevada Charges Ex-Prison Guard With Manslaughter For Shooting And Killing Handcuffed Inmate

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For decades, Nevada has allowed correctional officers in prisons to fire shotguns loaded with birdshot at inmates to break up serious fi...

Loretta Lynch Urges Top Lawyers To Strengthen Gun Background Check System

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday urged state attorneys general to strengthen the national background check system that is ...

GOPer Investigating Flint Crisis Also Defending State Against Flint Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last September, a Flint lawmaker asked Bill Schuette, Michigan's attorney general, to investigate whether government officials were to b...

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Why Don't We See More Women in Law Enforcement?

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

I think back to that experience with Kamala and I can honestly tell you that even with all of Kamala's strengths -- an extremely successful litigation career, an excellent fundraising network and plenty of charisma -- taking on "the Old Boys' Club" was extremely challenging.

Joe Biden Quietly Gave A Boy Who Stuttered Some Beautifully Encouraging Advice Decades Ago

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.06.2015 | Good News

You don't have to be a Joe Biden supporter to admit that what the veep did for one kid years ago was downright awesome. Branden "Skip" Brooks took...

No Whistleblowing for David, Only Goliath

Sue Veres Royal | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
Sue Veres Royal

We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.

In Charleston, Echoes of Birmingham and a Call to Action

Riley Roberts | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Riley Roberts

"White Gunman Sought in Killing of 9 at Black Church in Charleston, S.C." It reads like a headline from another age. From 1963, to be precise -- the year another appalling hate crime was carried out against a strikingly similar target.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Republicans Overwhelmingly Think Their Party Was Justified In Opposing Loretta Lynch

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

Senate Republicans who opposed Loretta Lynch's nomination as attorney general lost the battle to keep her from being confirmed, but many Americans, in...

Friday Talking Points -- Free Ponies Getting Into the Weeds

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The obvious choice for this week's Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is none other than America's new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Lynch was finally confirmed by the Senate in a 56-43 vote.

Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

Reactions to D.E.A. Chief Michele Leonhart's Resignation

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Count me among the satisfied that Leonhart will be leaving her government job soon. With her departure, President Obama now has the opportunity to name someone to the job who can clearly see the future of drug policy reform.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Leaders Announce Deal On Human Trafficking Bill, Clearing Path For Loretta Lynch Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders announced Tuesday that they've resolved a weeks-long standoff over a sex trafficking bill containing controversial anti-a...

The Loretta Lynch Saga: The True Meaning & Dog Whistles

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Lynch's confirmation delay is nothing more than bells, whistles and red meat for the right-wing. It's yet another message that Blacks, women and quote "others" are expendable, and the least priority at best; they are in fact targeted by this crowd.

GOP's Confirmation of Lynch Won't Change Anything With Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The issue is not really the trumped up issue that McConnell and GOP leaders claimed was the reason for the unconscionable foot-drag on Loretta Lynch's confirmation and that's that they wanted a vote on an anti-human trafficking law. The issue is their die-hard, take no prisoners, assault on Obama.

Rallying Around Lynch Nomination, Black Women Flex Their Political Muscles

Martha S. Jones | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

Glimpse a preview of dynamics that will shape the 2016 election cycle in the contest over Loretta Lynch's nomination as Attorney General. As the first African American woman slated to occupy that office, Lynch signals a degree to which race and gender no longer determine access to political power in the United States.

To Advance Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Confirm Loretta Lynch

John Taylor | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
John Taylor

Communities that are still recovering from the Great Recession, and particularly working-class communities and communities of color, need someone who will carry on the work of enforcing the laws that ensure the fairness of our economic and political system. The Senate should act to confirm Ms. Lynch promptly and without further delay.

Jennifer Bendery

Rudy Giuliani Tells His Party To Stop Blocking Loretta Lynch's Nomination

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said Friday that Loretta Lynch is an "extraordinary" nominee for U.S. attorney general, and...

Hillary Clinton Accuses Republicans Of 'Trifecta Against Women'

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - Potential White House contender Hillary Clinton criticized the Republican-led U.S. Congress on Monday in a pair of ...

Immigration Should Not Hold Back Loretta Lynch

Juan Escalante | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Juan Escalante

A new fight is brewing where Republicans are, yet again, injecting immigration rhetoric. If Loretta Lynch is not confirmed, are they expecting President Obama to nominate somebody who will not agree with his immigration policies? This refusal to meet halfway or engage in meaningful negotiations is just politically infantile.