April 8th, 2014
06:47 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Contempt and asparagus: Holder spars with Republicans

(CNN) - Contempt goes two ways between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Republicans.

Two years ago, House GOP members made Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be sanctioned with Contempt of Congress, in a still ongoing dispute over documents related to a botched federal gun probe known as "Fast and Furious."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • House Republicans • Louie Gohmert
Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches
February 24th, 2014
06:26 AM ET
2 months ago

Holder says Congress should require companies to disclose data breaches

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Congress to require companies to more quickly alert customers when their personal information is put at risk in cyberbreaches.

In a video message Monday, Holder says "a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised ... would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes - and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe. "

Federal law currently doesn't offer any standard for companies to notify customers following breaches, though some states have notification laws. Many companies are wary that public notification will hurt their business.

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Filed under: Congress • cybersecurity • Eric Holder • Justice Department
February 21st, 2014
06:10 AM ET
2 months ago

Eric Holder becomes an activist attorney general

(CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder is spending his remaining time in office as an activist for civil rights and social justice issues, ranging from gay rights to changing sentencing laws for non-violent crimes.

If all goes as planned, it could help change his legacy.

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Filed under: Eric Holder
February 14th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
2 months ago

Banks cleared to accept marijuana business

(CNN) – The U.S. government issued rules on Friday for the first time allowing banks to legally provide financial services to state-licensed marijuana businesses.

The Justice Department issued a memorandum to prosecutors that closely follows guidance last August largely limiting federal enforcement priorities to eight types of crimes.

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Filed under: Marijuana
Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights
February 11th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
2 months ago

Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights

Washington (CNN) - One of Washington's oddities of late is Attorney General Eric Holder's liberal social justice goals finding unity with the tea party movement's curb-big-government proposals led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.

On Tuesday, the alliance is on display as Holder, for the first time as attorney general, calls for states to automatically restore voting rights to prisoners who are disenfranchised upon conviction. Paul, who supports voter ID laws Holder has sought to block, has pushed to overturn disenfranchisement laws that he says affect too many black men.
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Filed under: Eric Holder • Mike Lee • Rand Paul
Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage
February 8th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
2 months ago

Holder expands federal recognition of same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder says he is set to extend the federal government's recognition of same-sex marriages even in the 34 states that don't consider it legal.

CNN has obtained excerpts of a speech Holder will deliver at the Human Rights Campaign's New York City gala event Saturday night.

Holder plans to announce that the Justice Department will issue a memo Monday that recognizes same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law."

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Filed under: Eric Holder • Same-sex marriage
State of the Union: Posture shifts post 9/11
January 27th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
3 months ago

State of the Union: Posture shifts post 9/11

(CNN) – In 2013, terrorists carried out the first major attack on U.S. soil since flying hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon 12 years earlier.

The Boston Marathon bombing last April raised questions about why U.S. security agencies failed to prevent it.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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Filed under: NSA • State of the Union
January 21st, 2014
03:47 PM ET
3 months ago

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell indicted in gift scandal

Updated 7:17 p.m. ET, 1/21/2014

(CNN) – Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered potential presidential material, was indicted along with his wife on Tuesday on federal charges of accepting illegal gifts.

The 14-count indictment, culminating a lengthy investigation of their relationship with a Virginia business executive, alleges fraud by a public official, false statements, and obstruction.

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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Virginia
Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping
January 3rd, 2014
03:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Justice Dept. appeals ruling on NSA snooping

(CNN) – The Justice Department on Friday appealed a December federal court decision threatening the National Security Agency's program that collects data on nearly every phone call made in the United States.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington found the program was likely unconstitutional.

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Filed under: Justice Department • NSA
December 27th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
4 months ago

NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection

(CNN) – The National Security Agency notched a much-needed win in court, after a series of setbacks over the legality and even the usefulness of its massive data collection program.

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal.

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Filed under: NSA
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