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    Eric Holder Stepping Down

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...torney-general

    Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

    Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly "adamant" about his desire to leave soon for fear he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama's second term.

    Holder already is one of the longest serving members of the Obama cabinet and ranks as the fourth longest tenured AG in history. Hundreds of employees waited in lines, stacked three rows deep, for his return in early February 2009 to the Justice Department, where he previously worked as a young corruption prosecutor and as deputy attorney general — the second in command — during the Clinton administration.

    But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder's own rhetoric, such as a 2009 Black History Month speech where he said the country was "a nation of cowards" when it comes to discussions about racial tension.

    Five years later, violence erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after a white policeman killed an unarmed black 18 year old. And this time, the White House dispatched Holder to speak his piece, in effect jump starting that conversation, and helping to settle nerves in the frayed community.

    Another huge controversy — over his decision to try the 9-11 plotters in a New York courthouse in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center — prompted venomous reaction from lawmakers, New York City officials and some victim families.

    Under pressure that threatened his job and his legacy, the attorney general reversed his decision and instead sent the cases to military court — where they continue to languish even as Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law and other terrorism defendants are serving life sentences in maximum security prisons on American soil.

    Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman; suing North Carolina and Texas over voting restrictions that disproportionately affect minorities and the elderly; launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.

    And then, there's his relationship with Congress. From the day Holder's nomination was announced, Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., signaled he would be a political lightning rod.

    The attorney general's portfolio, which spans sensitive law enforcement cases and hot button social issues including marijuana and gay marriage, didn't help. But even longtime aides say Holder didn't do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff — and obliquely.

    Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way but still Holder held onto his job.

    In the end, the decision to leave was Holder's alone — the two sources tell NPR the White House would have been happy to have him stay a full eight years and to avoid what could be a contentious nomination fight for his successor. Holder and President Obama discussed his departure several times and finalized things in a long meeting over Labor Day weekend at the White House.

    The attorney general told staff the news at DOJ this morning and has called civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former AG Robert F. Kennedy.

    The sources say a leading candidate for that job is Solicitor General Don Verrilli, the administration's top representative to the Supreme Court and a lawyer whose judgment and discretion are prized in both DOJ and the White House.

    Friends and former colleagues say Holder's made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington & Burling, where he spent years representing corporate clients.

    The friends say Holder is also considering donating his papers to a university in D.C. or his native New York, where he could establish a civil rights center to work more on law enforcement interactions with communities of color and host public forums on those issues.

    Even though the attorney general has his eyes on the door, the two sources say several more policy and enforcement initiatives are underway and could be announced soon.

    For instance, Holder sent a memo to U.S. Attorneys Wednesday urging them not to use sentencing enhancements known as "851" tools to gain leverage in plea negotiations with defendants — in essence, threatening defendants into avoiding trial with huge amounts of prison time. The practice has been criticized by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, as well as other jurists.

    Holder is also expected to notify federal prosecutors in coming days that the Justice Department will no longer require defendants who plead guilty to waive their rights to appeal based on ineffective lawyering. Many U.S. Attorneys now forgo that practice, but not all.

    Long awaited racial profiling guidelines for federal agents will be released soon, too. Those guidelines will make clear sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion are not legitimate bases for law enforcement suspicion but controversial mapping of certain communities — including Muslim-American ones — would still be allowed for national security investigations, one of the sources said.



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    BREAKING: Eric Holder to Resign

    NPR's Carrie Johnson, who covers the Department of Justice for Morning Edition, broke news today that Attorney General Eric Holder is due to announce his resignation today.
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christi...esign-n1896632
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    I wonder who the racist replacement will be?

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    Crap! Beat me by one minute!!
    "The Patriarch"

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    Time to guess who the next AG will be... who's the most vile, political creature you can think of?

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    geeeronimoooo!


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    Quote Originally Posted by thoughtomator View Post
    Time to guess who the next AG will be... who's the most vile, political creature you can think of?
    Morris Dees?
    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner



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    Why? 'More time with his family'? Indisputable evidence of a crime?

    Does this mean he's about to be charged with some crime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valli6 View Post
    Does this mean he's about to be charged with some crime?
    They should start with Fast & Furious.
    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

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    He's done his time. Time to make the big bucks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Get a rope!
    Seconded.
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    Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with Republicans in Congress.
    I'm sorry... What the f**k planet are these idiots at NPR living on?! Civil rights ADVANCES?!!! You can't be serious.
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    Dup.
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

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    My money is on Mark Potok or Alan Dershowitz for his replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptUSA View Post
    I'm sorry... What the f**k planet are these idiots at NPR living on?! Civil rights ADVANCES?!!! You can't be serious.
    Hey, he came up with his very own idea of not prosecuting mandatory minimum sentences against certain minorities. That's some kinda civil rights advancement right there. He should get the Nobel prize or that earth shattering realization.



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    Quote Originally Posted by thoughtomator View Post
    Time to guess who the next AG will be... who's the most vile, political creature you can think of?
    I'm actually drawing a blank because there are so, so many contenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Truth View Post
    I wonder who the racist replacement will be?
    Chucky Schumer

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    Quote Originally Posted by thoughtomator View Post
    Time to guess who the next AG will be... who's the most vile, political creature you can think of?
    Peter King would be an awesome choice!

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    I feel safer already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Truth View Post
    I wonder who the racist replacement will be?
    Al Sharpton.
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    Lois Lerner....she's a sneaky little $#@!...



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    Quote Originally Posted by green73 View Post
    Al Sharpton helping to choose his replacement

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...er-resign.html
    My bet for a replacement will be someone relatively unknown from within DoJ. Someone that will be easy to confirm politically but very expendable to take the heat for the rest of Obama's term. A female maybe? Obama has several female Asst AGs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Truth View Post
    I wonder who the racist replacement will be?
    Another globalist puppet.

    Or Kermit the Frog. They can say its part of their Green initiative
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    Multiple Controversies Plagued Eric Holder Prior to Resignation


    The unexpected resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder follows a series of court rulings against his Department of Justice over its failure to produce documents related to the government’s “Fast and Furious” firearms operation.

    Holder also has come under increasing congressional criticism for a tepid investigation of evidence that IRS officials deliberately targeted tea party and other conservative groups for greater scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
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    The shooting of an unarmed, 18-year-old black suspect by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9 provided Holder a prime opportunity to make his mark. His intervention drew both praise and criticism.

    Holder took the unusual step of taking over a police investigation before there was any evidence of that the local police had mishandled, or would mishandle it.
    ...
    Often cited among Holder’s controversies are his targeting of journalists and federal whistleblowers. Last year, it was revealed that the Justice Department had labeled Fox News reporters James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in one leak investigation and had seized phone records of Associated Press reporters in another.
    ...
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    http://dailysignal.com/2014/09/25/mu...r-resignation/
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    Probably related to the court ruling ordering DoJ to turn over previously withheld Fast and Furious docs by Oct 1. I can't find confirmation whether the docs have already been disclosed but it's gov't SOP to wait until the last minute.

    Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Justice Department must provide the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a list of documents — but not the documents themselves — withheld on the gunrunning operation.

    The agency has until Oct. 1 to turn over the documents, Jackson said during a status hearing.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/0...ts-110199.html
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing."-Ron Paul

    "We have set them on the hobby-horse of an idea about the absorption of individuality by the symbolic unit of COLLECTIVISM. They have never yet and they never will have the sense to reflect that this hobby-horse is a manifest violation of the most important law of nature, which has established from the very creation of the world one unit unlike another and precisely for the purpose of instituting individuality."- A Quote From Some Old Book

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    I just remember the whole "nation of cowards" thing from Obama's first term. I don't really follow politics that much anymore. I know bit and pieces of the fast and furious thing.

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    Holder may be nominated for the Supreme Court.

    My .02

    CCJ

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