Eric Holder

Nominated by President Barack Obama, Eric Holder became the first African-American U.S. Attorney General in January 2009. Prior to serving as Attorney General, Holder was appointed to various positions by the three previous presidents. President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder as Associate Judge of Superior Court of D.C.; President Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for D.C. and Deputy Attorney General; and President George W. Bush as the Acting Attorney General. In 2007 Holder joined Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as his senior legal advisor.

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Commentary: Obama Proves Himself a Champion of Voting Rights

President Obama is speaking with a newfound passion of his intention to fight any effort to make voting more difficult.

BET Wire: Let's Talk About Race

Lawmakers honored President Lyndon B. Johnson's landmark civil rights achievements; baseball great Hank Aaron likens anti-Obama Republicans to the KKK; Attorney General Eric Holder questions how he and the president are treated; a Louisiana congre...

More Americans Favor Treatment, Not Jail, for Hard Drug Users

A new study conducted by Pew Research Center shows that a majority of Americans say the government should focus on treating, not prosecuting, hard drug users.

Education Dept. Report Shows Racial Disparities Often Begin in Preschool

A new civil rights report from the Education Department highlights disparities at all levels of education.

Holder Endorses Proposed Drug Sentencing Changes

Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in bloated federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system.

Holder Released From Hospital After Feeling Faint

Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.
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