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DOJ: Chicago PD Rife With Racial Bias, Excessive Force

Discrimination, use of excessive force, poor training among long-awaited report's findings

(Newser) - What USA Today describes as a "scathing report" about Chicago police was released Friday by the Justice Department, with findings of rampant racial bias (including a finding of "reasonable cause" that excessive force was used against minorities), shoddy training, and the mishandling of cops accused of misconduct, per... More »

FBI: Clinton Email 'Careless' but Not Criminal

But Justice Department will have final say

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has dodged a huge bullet ahead of the convention: The FBI chief said Tuesday that after an exhaustive review of her use of a private email server as secretary of state, the agency will not recommend criminal charges. James Comey did criticize Clinton and her staff for being... More »

Dems Facepalm Over AG's Meeting With Bill Clinton

Loretta Lynch is heading federal probe into Hillary Clinton's email woes

(Newser) - As the FBI and Justice Department probe the Hillary Clinton email saga , two people who probably shouldn't have met did just that Monday. Bill Clinton was waiting to depart Phoenix's airport when Attorney General Loretta Lynch landed for a community event—and so Clinton ambled across the tarmac... More »

Feds Step Up Fight Against NC 'Bathroom Law'

The state is being sued under the Civil Rights Act

(Newser) - The Obama administration laid down the gauntlet over North Carolina's "bathroom law" on Monday, filing a civil rights lawsuit hours after the state filed its own lawsuit against federal efforts to quash the law. The federal lawsuit calls House Bill 2—which blocks local anti-discrimination measures, as well... More »

AG Lynch: Take Me Out of SCOTUS Running

AG thinks nomination process would 'curtail her effectiveness in her current role'

(Newser) - Last month Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took himself out of the running for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia . Now another big name has bowed out: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NBC News reports. "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney... More »

Justice Department Shift: White-Collar Crackdown

Prosecutors told to focus on 'flesh-and-blood people'

(Newser) - Mitt Romney once said corporations are people , in the sense that their profits end up in people's pockets, and the Justice Department now agrees, in the sense that corporations are made up of people that it can prosecute. The department has launched a push to start punishing the people... More »

Justice Department to Probe Baltimore Police

Lynch: 'Recent events have given rise to a serious erosion of public trust'

(Newser) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided that problems with policing in Baltimore run deep enough to warrant a full-scale Justice Department civil rights investigation. She officially announced the probe at a DC press conference this morning, per the Guardian ; sources had informed the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post of... More »

Cruz Leads Charge Against Lynch, but Misses Vote

He's the only senator to do so

(Newser) - Today's vote in the Senate to make Loretta Lynch the next attorney general was 56-43. So who was the lone missing senator out of 100? Ted Cruz, which is generating some head scratches considering that he spoke for 10 minutes on the floor of the Senate prior to the... More »

Senate Will Finally Take Up Loretta Lynch Nomination

Parties reach deal on unrelated bill that was holding things up

(Newser) - She got nominated in November , and the Senate will finally get around to considering Loretta Lynch for the post of attorney general this week. Lynch got caught up in a partisan fight unrelated to her nomination that didn't get resolved until today, reports the Wall Street Journal . But once... More »

Graham: Iran Deal Has 'Snowball's Chance in Hell'

Meanwhile, back in 2016...

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has surveyed the Iran nuke deal and found it decidedly lacking: "I don’t think there’s a snowball’s chance in Hell this framework will get approved by Congress after review," he said today on Fox, per the Hill . "It is so weak in... More »

AG Nominee Forced to 'Sit in Back of the Bus': Senator

Dick Durbin compares Loretta Lynch to Rosa Parks in delayed confirmation

(Newser) - Loretta Lynch is on the Senate back burner, waiting for confirmation as the new attorney general since her November nomination—first due to stalling over the president's immigration order, now over a human-trafficking bill, notes the Washington Post —and Sen. Dick Durbin isn't happy with the delay.... More »

'You're Not Eric Holder, Are You?'

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies before Senate panel

(Newser) - President Obama's pick to be the next attorney general has wrapped up a daylong confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, and the AP writes that Loretta Lynch's day can be summed up in one question posed to her by Republican Sen. John Cornyn. “You’re not Eric Holder,... More »

Meet the Next Attorney General (Nominee)

Loretta Lynch would be first black woman to hold the post

(Newser) - President Obama has settled on his pick to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, and coverage seems to be highlighting two main points: Loretta Lynch would be the first black woman to hold the post and, in what Politico calls a "major departure" from Obama's usual ways, she... More »

Who Replaces Eric Holder?

Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris turning up on lots of lists

(Newser) - With Eric Holder leaving the post of attorney general, attention shifts to who will succeed the man President Obama today praised as "the people's lawyer." (Read Obama's full remarks here .) Whoever it is will surely face a bruising confirmation battle given Republicans' disdain of Holder,... More »

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