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By Ryan Reilly/Huff Post | October 20, 2014

NRA President says of the Civil Rights Division intended nominee: “If the administration had picked people like this in the first place, they may not be in the situation they find themselves in today.

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Holder: If Supreme Court Won’t Act on Gay Marriage, Feds Will

Holder has directed DOJ lawyers to work with agencies across the federal apparatus to ensure full benefits to gay couples in states where the Supreme Court declined to hear arguments on the legality of gay marriage bans.

Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole to Quit as Exodus at Justice Continues

Cole’s departure adds to a growing leadership vacuum at the federal government’s top law enforcement agency.

Aviv Nevo Takes Senior Advisory Position at Consulting Firm

The former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division is also a Northwestern University economics professor.

ACLU’s Vanita Gupta to Head Civil Rights Division

Named to the position on an acting basis, Gupta is also the White House’s choice to head the division permanently, the Washington Post reported.

Ruemmler Said to Emerge as Obama Favorite for Attorney General

Advisers have reportedly warned Obama that Ruemmler would encounter tough questioning in confirmation hearings regarding recent scandals involving the Secret Service.

Former Deputy Assistant AG Denis McInerney Back to Davis Polk

Denis McInerney will be a partner in Davis Polk’s litigation department after serving as Chief of the Department’s Fraud Section and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

The Justice Department’s Soft Side: How One Federal Agency Hopes to Change Ferguson

The Department’s Community Relations Service has been working to mediate conflict in Ferguson.

Files Detail Fox-DOJ Subpoena Showdown

The court filings could be further fodder for critics who complain that the Obama administration has mounted an unwarranted campaign of legal intimidation against reporters and their sources.

James Risen Subpoena Faces New Review

A controversial federal subpoena against NYT reporter james Risen is facing another review.

Extendicare to Pay $38 Million in Medicare, Medicaid Billing Settlement

The Department of Justice has reached a $38 million settlement with Extendicare.

Voter Identification Laws Hit Roadblocks in Wisconsin and Texas

The Supreme Court blocked Texas and Wisconsin from implementing voter-ID laws that could have been used to disenfranchise minority voters.

Attorney General Nominee May Come After Elections

Another factor that could be slowing down the White House’s decision making: the expected resignation soon of Deputy Attorney Genearl Jim Cole.

Ruemmler’s Attorney General Chances Hit Secret Service Roadblock

Congressional Republicans question whether President Obama’s former White House counsel helped sweep under the rug a White House connection to the Cartagena prostitution scandal.

CIA Didn’t Know it had Senate ‘Torture’ Report

It’s a report that’s been the talk of Washington’s intelligence community for months, yet lawyers for the nation’s premier intelligence agency—the CIA— improbably maintained it didn’t have a copy.

Justice Dept. will review practice of creating fake Facebook profiles

The review follows an incident in which a federal agent used a woman’s photographs and other personal information to create a fake Facebook account as part of a drug investigation.

House Ways & Means Committee Aide Opens Legal Defense Fund

Brian Sutter’s move is a sign that the SEC and DOJ insider trading probes of Congress are serious.

Federal Judge Slaps Down House Panel’s Contempt Motion Against Holder

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., called the motion suggesting the Attorney General might need to be jailed to force compliance “entirely unnecessary.”

FCPA Unit Prosecutors Spread Their Wings, Gain Trial and Other Experience on Non-Foreign Bribery Cases

The cases either provided welcome trial experience for FCPA unit attorneys who otherwise get little time in the court room, or they developed out of foreign bribery investigations in which the ultimate charging decisions were for non-FCPA conduct.

Senior Criminal Division David O’Neil Departs Justice Department

The Deputy Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Fraud section also briefly served as head of the Criminal Division after Mythili Raman resigned.

Grassley Asks FBI Director Comey About New Whistleblower Retaliation Allegations

A total of 11 whistleblowers now have alleged that the FBI unjustly punishes employees for speaking up about wrongdoing in the organization, the Iowa Republican said.

The Media Had A Really Long Short List of Potential Attorney General Nominees

With the White House expected to name its choice to succeed Eric Holder soon, there’s only a little time left for the other 21 people on the “short list” to enjoy their Washington status moment.

Holder Takes Aim at Panetta

Calls former DOD/CIA chief’s book criticizing Obama ‘unfortunate.’


Benghazi Terror Case Envy

SDNY fingerprints all over this negative story about D.C. U.S. Attorney Ron Machen.


Amazon and Antitrust

Why the online retailer doesn’t have to fear DOJ.


Expelled Nazis Get Benefits

Former Auschwitz guard’s Social Security check makes him rich in Croatia.


FBI Head Says Encryption Stops Crime Solving

Comey wants access to high-tech devices from Apple and Google.


TSA Chief Pistole Announces Retirement

Pistole served more than four years atop the agency created in the aftermath of 9/11.


Rhode Island US Atty Office Evacuated

After woman sprinkled powdery substance in the reception area.


Judge Survives Misconduct Review

Racial remarks from 5th Circuit’s Edith Jones weren’t prejudicial, panel rules.


Gov. Perry Prosecutor

Michael McCrum won’t be investigated for charging too much.


No U.S. Attorney?

Officials say McDonnell case slowed search for U.S. Attorney in Virginia.


Stuart Delery: Key Player

NPR profiles the “underrated” acting Associate AG.


Acting Seattle U.S. Attorney

Annette L. Hayes takes over after Jenny Durkan resigns.


Watch Out, Boehner

Ex-U.S. Atty John Ratcliffe in Texas part of expected new wave of far-right Tea Partiers in Congress.


Kathryn Keneally to DLA Piper

The former Tax Division chief departed in Mary after two years.


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