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May 19, 2012
Transparency and accountability are not hallmarks of the Obama administration. When a government operation calls for the distribution of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and results in the death of a U.S. border patrol agent and at least 200 Mexican citizens, someone better start explaining. Unfortunately however, Attorney General Eric Holder has skirted responsibility in revealing what he knows about a government sting operation gone tragically wrong. When the nation's highest law enforcement official perverts his public duty by deceiving the American people instead of protecting them, he must go. Mr. Holder's Department of Justice has failed to comply with a subpoena issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa that requests all of Mr. Holder's communications regarding Operation Fast and Furious.
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October 1, 2014
If you like an U.S. attorney general who ignores government workers pleading the Fifth Amendment, doesn't support following the laws of the country and lies to Congress, then Eric Holder is your man ( "The Holder legacy," Sept. 28). Hopefully, the next AG will support the other 95 percent of us. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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October 1, 2014
If you like an U.S. attorney general who ignores government workers pleading the Fifth Amendment, doesn't support following the laws of the country and lies to Congress, then Eric Holder is your man ( "The Holder legacy," Sept. 28). Hopefully, the next AG will support the other 95 percent of us. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Finally! With Eric Holder's resignation, thus ends the embarrassing reign of the nation's top attorney ( "The Holder legacy," Sept. 28). Charged with upholding the properly enacted laws of Congress (which express the will of the American people), Mr. Holder, along with his equally responsible chum, President Barack Obama, arrogantly chose not to uphold or defend several laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. Argue what you will about the same-sex marriage issue, it was not Mr. Holder's job to decide what should or should not be. That's the job of Congress.
NEWS
September 29, 2014
Finally! With Eric Holder's resignation, thus ends the embarrassing reign of the nation's top attorney ( "The Holder legacy," Sept. 28). Charged with upholding the properly enacted laws of Congress (which express the will of the American people), Mr. Holder, along with his equally responsible chum, President Barack Obama, arrogantly chose not to uphold or defend several laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. Argue what you will about the same-sex marriage issue, it was not Mr. Holder's job to decide what should or should not be. That's the job of Congress.
NEWS
March 13, 2012
Thank you for enunciating my thoughts exactly in your editorial "Death by drone" (March 9). I would think a vast majority of the people voted for Barack Obama as a repudiation of the disastrous Bush-Cheney administration. But President Obama, like his predecessor, is trying to usurp power I would argue rests with the legislative branch. I would never have guessed that Attorney General Eric Holder would make some convoluted but lame excuse for denying U.S. citizens due process. Mr. Holder at his press conference gave a great impersonation of Dick Cheney.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2011
The University of Maryland, Baltimore will host a hearing Tuesday on violence against children, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The hearing, the first of four scheduled around the country over the next several months, is part of an overall initiative, led by Holder, to gather information on the ways in which children are exposed to violence. The issue has been in the national spotlight recently because of the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State University. At the end of his task force's yearlong examination of violence against children, Holder plans to issue a report outlining prevention strategies.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 21, 2014
The president's lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn't know, in politics a "dog whistle" is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special resonance for certain constituencies. Using dog whistles lets politicians deny they meant to say anything nasty, bigoted or controversial. Speaking to the National Action Network the day after a testy but racially irrelevant exchange with Republican members of a House panel, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The last five years have been defined ... by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 23, 2014
I have developed a habit of noting things that annoy me, a not infrequent task for a Republican these days. When the grievance list gets long enough, I turn it into a Sunday column. Herein my latest list: 1. Eric Holder: In no particular order, suing states over photo identification laws and school choice statutes, advising states on the merits of selective law enforcement, a "Contempt of Congress" citation over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, foregoing the prosecution of Black Panthers engaged in voter intimidation, and the "Fast and Furious" gun running program are but a sampling of the reasons to be upset by the performance of this hard left attorney general.
NEWS
November 23, 2008
Now that it has switched to transition mode, the once famously close-mouthed camp of Barack Obama is spouting a gusher of leaks, feelers and trial balloons about possible Cabinet appointments. Sen. Hillary Clinton has been touted as secretary of state, Lawrence Summers to again lead Treasury, and Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, for Health and Human Services. But the agency most in need of rehabilitation may be the beleaguered Department of Justice, whose reputation suffered grievously over the last eight years.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 15, 2014
Fair warning: this book will make you angry. "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," by Matt Taibbi, is a volume of stories. Like the Vietnamese refugee and rape victim in San Diego who applied for public assistance, only to be visited by a "welfare inspector" who barged into her home and began yelling that he would take her children away if he found she was lying about being destitute and not having a man. All this as he's rummaging through her belongings.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 27, 2014
It swallowed people up. That's what it really did, if you want to know the truth. It swallowed them up whole, swallowed them up by the millions. In the process, it hollowed out communities, broke families, stranded hope. Politicians brayed that they were being "tough on crime" -- as if anyone is really in favor of crime -- as they imposed ever longer and more inflexible sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. But the "War on Drugs" didn't hurt drugs at all: Usage rose by 2,800 percent -- that's not a typo -- in the 40 years after it began in 1971.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 21, 2014
The president's lap dog blew his dog whistle. In case you didn't know, in politics a "dog whistle" is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special resonance for certain constituencies. Using dog whistles lets politicians deny they meant to say anything nasty, bigoted or controversial. Speaking to the National Action Network the day after a testy but racially irrelevant exchange with Republican members of a House panel, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "The last five years have been defined ... by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 23, 2014
I have developed a habit of noting things that annoy me, a not infrequent task for a Republican these days. When the grievance list gets long enough, I turn it into a Sunday column. Herein my latest list: 1. Eric Holder: In no particular order, suing states over photo identification laws and school choice statutes, advising states on the merits of selective law enforcement, a "Contempt of Congress" citation over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, foregoing the prosecution of Black Panthers engaged in voter intimidation, and the "Fast and Furious" gun running program are but a sampling of the reasons to be upset by the performance of this hard left attorney general.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Federal education and justice officials unveiled during a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday the first set of national school discipline guidelines to reduce out-of-school suspensions and address the disproportionate suspension rates of students of color and those with disabilities. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder jointly announced the comprehensive package of guidelines at Frederick Douglass High School, the first time the federal government has issued guidance on school discipline.
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By Matt Kaiser | August 25, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder announced recently that the United States' practice of locking up so many of its citizens has to stop. News outlets almost uniformly reported that Mr. Holder was drastically limiting the application of mandatory minimum sentences. But when you look at the details of what Mr. Holder's plan is, it's not going to do much of anything to change the alarming rate at which we throw people in federal prison. As the attorney general said, we have 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the world's prisoners.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | March 9, 2009
When Barack Obama took office in January, the legal community braced itself for a politically motivated, mass firing of the nation's 93 federal prosecutors. But it never came. Instead, the new president asked the 50 or so U.S. Attorneys who hadn't already quit to stay put until successors could be found. In Maryland, that could take a while. Politicians on both sides of the political aisle are fans of incumbent U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, a George W. Bush appointee, and they're in no hurry to usher him out. It's even possible that they could ask him to stay.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 23, 2013
On a rainy 2012 February night in Sanford, Fla., a gunshot to the chest of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin ended his life. He was shot by 29-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator. Because Martin was black and Zimmerman was labeled by some as "white," even though he is half Hispanic, the ugly accusations of race entered this tragedy. Zimmerman was released by the Sanford police because there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime. Sanford prosecution authorities dropped any charges for the same reason.
NEWS
June 30, 2013
I read with disgust Jules Witcover's commentary exhorting President Barack Obama to act more like former President Harry S. Truman ("Give 'em hell, Barry," June 25). You must be kidding, sir: Mr. Obama cannot act like Truman because he is nothing like that commendable leader. Truman would have had Eric Holder out on his ear. He would not need the IRS to attack his enemies. And he would have protected the U.S. consulate in Benghazi with all the power he possessed. The men that Captain Truman commanded in WWI claimed that they trusted him with their lives.
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