July 17, 2015 |
LORETTA LYNCH, the first black female U.S. attorney general, put an exclamation point on the end of the five-day 106th Annual NAACP Convention last night, summoning an America in which black urban kids aren't viewed as future criminals - and in which some of them want to become cops. "We need children, particularly children of color - our children - to turn toward the law-enforcement officers in their neighborhoods," Lynch told about 1,000 attendees at a final-night awards ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
August 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - La Rose Ray was too excited to stay in bed. So at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, she left her husband and daughter sleeping peacefully in their hotel room and slipped downstairs. In the lobby, she greeted a busload of Philadelphians who had just arrived and helped distribute their official "Redeem the Dream" T-shirts. "Look at this, it's a beautiful thing," Ray said, watching church groups and sororities, senior citizens and youth organizations from around the country pour into the hotel - and city - to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
July 27, 2013 |
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday the first step in a legal strategy by the Obama administration to enforce the Voting Rights Act despite the recent Supreme Court decision weakening key parts of the law. In a speech to the National Urban League Conference at the Convention Center, Holder said he would seek court approval to subject Texas to the same type of federal oversight that existed between the passage of the landmark voter-protection law...
July 26, 2013 |
U.S. ATTORNEY General Eric Holder declared yesterday that he will ask a federal court in Texas to require the state to receive "preclearance" for any changes to election laws there. Holder was speaking in an "emergency town hall on voting rights and justice" at the National Urban League's annual conference here in Philadelphia. Holder said he was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 25 decision to strike down the preclearance requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act for nine Southern states, including Texas, along with parts of six other states with a history of discriminating against voters.
May 20, 2013 |
As the nation's top law-enforcement official, Eric Holder is privy to all kinds of sensitive information. But he seems to be proud of how little he knows. Why didn't his Justice Department inform the Associated Press, as the law requires, before pawing through reporters' phone records? "I do not know," the attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday afternoon, "why that was or was not done. I simply don't have a factual basis to answer that question. " Why didn't the DOJ seek the AP's cooperation, as the law also requires, before issuing subpoenas?
May 17, 2013 |
SO FAR THIS WEEK, President Obama has been called potentially "worse than Nixon" on freedom of the press issues, been accused of running an administration guilty of "outrageous, totally inexcusable" conduct, and has endured calls for the proverbial head of his handpicked attorney general, Eric Holder. Rush Limbaugh's at it again? Not exactly. During arguably the worst news cycle of his 52 months in the Oval Office, Obama suffered those verbal broadsides from liberal commentators and journalists such as the lawyer in the 1971 Pentagon Papers leak case and from Carl Bernstein, the reporter who helped break open Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal.
March 13, 2013 |
New word: doxxing , the practice of piecing together detailed personal information from initial stuff you glean from Internet-available sources - such as when you find an e-mail address, then burrow through that to find phone numbers, addresses, info on chat rooms. It's a form of stalking. Hacker(s?) on the website exposed.su have either doxxed or hacked directly into celebrity private info, publishing photos, credit reports, mortgage details, Social Security numbers, etc. And now, says the FBI, the louts are "using" the info.
July 20, 2012 |
I JUST GOT my Pennsylvania driver's license last month. It's a long, sordid story, but suffice it to say that failing the test when you're 16 leaves permanent scars, particularly when the embarrassment is compounded by having worn your Roy Rogers cowgirl uniform to the driving range (I didn't have time to change after my afternoon shift.) Having that little piece of plastic hasn't erased the trauma of my 16th summer, but it's made it a lot easier to prove who I actually am, which is essential to life in an ordered and civilized society.
July 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Road projects, student loans, flood insurance. Voting 373-52, the House on Friday sent the Senate a catchall bill to fund road-construction, transit and highway-safety programs at a cost of about $109 billion until October 2014, freeze interest rates on newly issued student loans at 3.4 percent until July 2013, and renew the National Flood Insurance Program until October 2017.