Eric Holder - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Eric Holder Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul strongly opposed the Department of Justice directive, which reverses an ... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T07:59:00Z Attorney general sparks fear with push for harsh sentences WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's federal prosecutors should bring the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed in a move that critics assailed as a return to failed drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities and filled prisons with nonviolent offenders. The move announced Friday is a reversal of... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:45:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:45:00Z US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms. The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor who cut his te... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:40:00Z The Latest: Sessions' predecessor slams sentencing policy WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive to seek toughest charges possible (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' predecessor says his rollback of Obama-era charging and sentencing policies is "dumb on crime." Eric Holder says Sessions is ignoring bipartisan supp... Fri, 12 May 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-05-12T15:51:00Z Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by US WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders. If embraced by Attorney General Jeff Sess... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:11:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:11:00Z Uber's PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company NEW YORK (AP) — Uber's head of communications is leaving, the latest in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing company tries to dig out from a pile of troubles. In a memo to employees, CEO Travis Kalanick called Rachel Whetstone a "force of nature" who was "was way ahead of the game when it came to many of the changes we needed to make as a company." ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-04-12T16:16:00Z Lynch: Americans must come before president, Congress CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday encouraged her successor to remember the American people are the Department of Justice's clients, not the president or Congress. "I would urge people who are taking over the department now to remember this is the Department of Justice for everyone," she said, without mentioning A... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:22:00 GMT 2017-04-08T01:22:00Z Sessions: Ferguson emblem of tense relationship with police ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri, has become "an emblem of the tense relationship" between law enforcement and those it serves, especially minority communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday during a visit to St. Louis. Sessions, speaking to a gathering of law enforcement leaders at the federal courthouse that sits roughly 12 miles from Fe... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-03-31T17:56:00Z Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog on Wednesday identified what it called weaknesses in the Justice Department's asset forfeiture program, including poor data collection and analysis, and inadequate training of local and state officers. The program, long criticized by advocacy groups and members of Congress concerned about oversight, permits law enfo... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:32:00 GMT 2017-03-30T03:32:00Z Uber diversity: low on women, like other tech companies NEW YORK (AP) — Uber's first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions. In that regard, the company is similar to other Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple. But Uber's report comes as pressure mounts on the company in light of sexual harassment claims by a former employee, the antics o... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-03-28T21:34:00Z Uber vows to change direction, become more humane company SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber is vowing to head down a new road and become a more humane company following a wave of ugly developments, including allegations of rampant sexual harassment and a video of a profanity-laced confrontation between the ride-hailing company's CEO and a disgruntled driver. The pledge came in a contrite conference call held Tuesday wit... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:24:00 GMT 2017-03-21T23:24:00Z AP Exclusive: Under radar, Florida spent $240M on lawyers TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found. Florida taxpayers also have been forced to reimburse nearly $16 million for their o... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:02:00 GMT 2017-03-13T22:02:00Z Questions and answers as Sessions defends his remarks WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after revelations that Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings. ... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:20:00 GMT 2017-03-03T08:20:00Z Questions and answers about perjury, Sessions' statements WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move came after revelations that Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly contradicts sworn statements he made to Congress during his confirmation hearings... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:52:00 GMT 2017-03-03T00:52:00Z Democratic effort led by ex-AG Holder targets swing states Seeking a path back to power in Congress, Democrats first want to hold on to the governorship in Virginia this year. Then they're setting their sights in 2018 on crucial governors' contests in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The targeted races are part of a strategy by a new Democratic coalition led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:49:00 GMT 2017-03-01T00:49:00Z Report: Uber exec out after failing to disclose allegation NEW YORK (AP) — A top engineering executive at Uber, Amit Singhal, is out five weeks after his hire was announced. According to a report in the tech blog Recode, Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation. Singhal denied the allegation and said he left Google a year ago for his own reason... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:54:00 GMT 2017-02-28T00:54:00Z Telecom giant MTN lists 2016 losses from Nigeria fine, forex JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African telecommunications giant MTN warned shareholders Monday to expect big losses caused by a $1 billion regulatory fine in Nigeria, damaging foreign exchange rates and a share offering to promote black empowerment in South Africa. A statement from the South Africa-based company said it would announce full-year losses for 2016 on Th... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-02-27T19:22:00Z Sessions tough talk, policies could increase prison totals WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:26:00 GMT 2017-02-27T08:26:00Z Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this month as the country's chief law enforcement officer, ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:18:00 GMT 2017-02-27T01:18:00Z White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:37:00 GMT 2017-02-25T07:37:00Z White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said. The official said that Priebus' request came as the White House sought to discredit a New Y... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:45:00 GMT 2017-02-24T12:45:00Z New orders by Trump make law and order a key priority WASHINGTON (AP) — With Jeff Sessions sworn in as the nation's attorney general, the Trump administration signaled some of its priorities for a revamped Justice Department in a series of executive orders aimed at reducing crime and drug trafficking and protecting police officers. One executive order announced Thursday directs the Justice Department to defi... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:02:00 GMT 2017-02-11T03:02:00Z For Trump foes, Democratic gains may remain elusive in 2018 Passionate protests against Donald Trump's presidency have swelled the ranks of Democratic activists, but their new enthusiasm faces a hard reality: Republicans remain well-positioned to retain their grip on power in the 2018 elections. While Republicans hold only a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats occupy most of the seats up for election in tw... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-02-06T00:02:00Z The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Chinese Embassy WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Ivanka Trump is celebrating Chinese New Year at the Chinese Embassy in Washington. President Donald Trump's daughter walked into a reception for the holiday holding hands with her daughter. She was accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai. ... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:24:00 GMT 2017-02-02T01:24:00Z AP Source: Yates troubled that order disadvantaged Muslims WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired by President Donald Trump, has told others she refused to enforce his executive order on refugees because she felt it was intended to disadvantage Muslims, according to a person familiar with her thinking. Yates knew that her firing was likely, but she did not want to resign and leave the proble... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:16:00 GMT 2017-02-01T02:16:00Z Trump admin pursues rethinking of national security policy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's embrace of Guantanamo Bay as a jail for terror suspects represents a repudiation of the Obama administration's longtime push to prosecute captured militants in the U.S. court system. A draft order spelling out a tougher line in the fight against terror dramatically rethinks how the U.S. should detain and prosecut... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-01-27T02:49:00Z APNewsBreak: Feds advise workaround on asset forfeiture rule RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice gave instructions on how to work around its own strict rules for spending money seized in investigations to Virginia's top prosecutor, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Law enforcement agencies participating in investigations with federal counterparts can share proceeds of seized a... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:43:00 GMT 2017-01-18T17:43:00Z Watchdog probe to bring new scrutiny for FBI's Comey WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director James Comey, already under fierce public scrutiny for his handling of the election-year probe of Hillary Clinton, faces a new internal investigation into whether he and the Justice Department followed established protocol in the email server case. The wide-ranging investigation from the Justice Department's inspector general... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-01-13T20:53:00Z Holder to lead Democratic effort to redraw district lines WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday formally announced a new effort aimed at challenging the partisan gerrymandering that's left Democrats struggling to win local and state offices. The new organization, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, will devote legal and political resources to redrawing state districting m... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:33:00 GMT 2017-01-12T18:33:00Z Sessions' record a source of different depictions of senator CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — Upperclassmen on the Wilcox County High School football team sometimes harassed the freshmen of 1964. But linebacker Jeff Sessions, a senior who was barely bigger than his younger schoolmates, didn't join in. "One of my friends was a football manager and they were picking on him. Jeff stood up and said, 'Leave him alone,'" recalled fel... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:52:00 GMT 2017-01-06T08:52:00Z