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Don't Forget the Other IRS Scandal

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Washington, DC and the right wing outrage machine are all abuzz that the IRS allegedly targeted groups based on their presumed political affiliation. Obviously, that was wrong to do, but let's not forget that there are two IRS scandals.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says He Wasn't Playing Race Card When Decrying GOP Opposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder said he wasn't referring to race last week when he strayed from prepared remarks during a speech befo...

Serious Problems Found In Albuquerque Police, DOJ Says

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released Thursday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the A...

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

DOJ Extracts $5.15 Billion Settlement From Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

John C.K. Daly | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
John C.K. Daly

The Department of Justice announced that it had settled a lawsuit against Anadarko Petroleum Corp., with the defendant agreeing to pay $5.15 billion, the largest environmental enforcement settlement ever by the Department of Justice.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Trolls Louie Gohmert: 'Good Luck With Your Asparagus'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder snuck in a diss against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, referring to wh...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says DOJ Was Right To Disclose D.C. Mayor Probe

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder defended federal prosecutors' decision to allege weeks before the District of ...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOJ Reviewing Materials On Whether James Clapper Lied To Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is reviewing materials sent by members of Congress asking for the prosecution of Director of National Intelligenc...

Ryan J. Reilly

Texas Legislators Forced To Turn Over Emails In Voter ID Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any legislators' emails that reveal a discriminatory motive for passing a 2011 Texas voter ID law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry (R), could ...

'Mama, Get Me Away From Around Here!'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Even children who are not directly hit by gun violence suffer the collateral damage of living in an unsafe environment saturated with guns that are routinely used to settle conflicts or to exact retaliation.

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Eric Holder Would Be 'Glad To Work With Congress' To Reschedule Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration would be willing to work with Congress if lawmakers want to take marijuana off the list of what the federal gov...

Kate Sheppard

Company Settles For Record Sum To Clean Up 85-Year Toxic Legacy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.03.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday a $5.15 billion settlement with a subsidiary of ...

Ryan J. Reilly

How Lobbyists Are Quietly Supporting The War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several organizations representing state and local law enforcement are quietly trying to kill a bipartisan bill that would roll back tou...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Chief: Marijuana Legalization Just 'Makes Us Fight Harder'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Far from being discouraged by the shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of m...

DOJ Trains Cops To Work With Transgender People

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals,...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder: Terror Conviction Shows NYC Could Have Handled 9/11 Trial

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conviction of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on terrorism charges in federal court Wednesday has Attorney General Eric Holder feeling ...

NSA Chief Says Jimmy Carter Can Stop Using Snail Mail

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, on Tuesday denied the agency spies on former President Jimmy Carter's emails. Car...

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Bureau Of Prisons To Make Halfway House Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Bureau of Prisons intends to impose new requirements on the more than 200 federal halfway houses throughout the country, man...

Federal Judge's Decision Closes Black Farmers' Lawsuit, Leaves Some Disappointed

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

A federal judge's recent ruling has finally settled outstanding issues in the black farmers' long-running lawsuit, nearly 30 years after I first sta...

Ryan J. Reilly

Federal Drug Prosecutions Drop To Reagan-Era Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of drug defendants charged by the federal government in January dropped to its lowest monthly level in nearly 14 years, not l...

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New Justice Department Policy Will Cut Federal Drug Sentences

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce a new policy on Thursday that may shorten sentences for federal drug offenders as part of his "Smart on Cri...

Softbank's Pitch to Regulators Paints False Picture of U.S. Wireless

David Balto | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
David Balto

The purpose of the U.S. antitrust laws is to protect competition and not competitors. That is a simple lesson Mr. Son should consider before he tries to justify an anticompetitive deal with a smokescreen of mischaracterizations and false statements about the state of the U.S. wireless broadband market.

Debo Adegbile and the Toxic Influence of Big Money

Marge Baker | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Earlier this week, the Senate refused to end the filibuster of the nomination of Debo Adegbile to become the head of the Justice Department's Civil Ri...

Justice Department Reviews Dispute Between CIA And Senate Panel

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - The Justice Department and FBI are looking into allegations the Central Intelligence...

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Dem Senator Says Obama Civil Rights Nominee Would Have Been Confirmed If He Was White

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) took to the Senate floor Wednesday night to slam fellow senators for what he called their "shameful" vote to bl...