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When President Barack Obama picked B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it looked like the moment had arrived when the beleaguered ATF would reassert itself as an agency with teeth.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Despite Gun Control Debate, ATF Boxed In By Politics

When President Barack Obama picked B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it looked like the moment had arrived when the beleaguered ATF would reassert itself as an agency with teeth.

10/06/2013

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Government to Sue North Carolina Over New Voter Law

The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections.

09/30/2013

People gather to listen to speakers during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. The event included a commemorative march and rally along the historic route followed on August 28, 1963 and is being led by civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III, King's oldest son.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sharpton: ‘Rosa Parks Wasn’t No Ho’

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his famous speech and pledging that his dream include equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

08/24/2013

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring a variety ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" when they end up in the ocean. (Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Gov’t, States Challenge Proposed Airline Merger

The Justice Department and a number of state attorneys general on Tuesday challenged a proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp.

08/13/2013

File photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Holder Goes After Mandatory Federal Drug Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes, divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.

08/12/2013

File photo of President Obama and Eric Holder (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Striking Back Against Court’s Voting Rights Ruling

The Obama administration opened an aggressive new front in the battle over voter protection Thursday, singling out Texas for legal action and promising broader efforts to come after last month’s Supreme Court ruling that wiped out a major provision of the Voting Rights Act.

07/25/2013

Attorney General Eric Holder says the FBI's criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service could include potential civil rights violations, false statements and potential violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

AG Calls Martin Killing An ‘Unnecessary Shooting’

Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday called the killing of Trayvon Martin a “tragic, unnecessary shooting,” and said the Justice Department will follow “the facts and the law” as it reviews evidence to see whether federal criminal charges are warranted.

07/15/2013

File photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

AG Holder: Martin Death ‘Unnecessary Shooting’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragic, unnecessary shooting and that the 17-year-old’s death provides an opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about complicated and emotionally charged issues.

07/15/2013

A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters' phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge the government's planned action. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Justice Department Tightening Up Reporter Guidelines

A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters’ phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge the government’s planned action.

07/12/2013

Dzhokar Tsarnaev is accused of planting bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing Case? A Long Road

If the Obama administration tries for the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it could face a long, difficult legal battle.

07/09/2013

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