Eric Holder: ‘We As A Nation Have Failed’
(Breitbart) – Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Reid Report,” outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said “We as a nation have failed,” to address the mistrust between black communities and the police.
“I don’t think they should fear the police,” Holder said. “But I certainly think we have to build up a better relationship between young people, people of color, and people in law enforcement. There is — there’s distrust that exists on both sides. There’s misunderstanding that exists on both sides. And we have to come up with ways in which we bridge those gaps so that people don’t demonize other people so that people understand on both sides they’re people trying to do the best that they can. We’re not at a stage where I can honestly say, you know, truthfully say that if you’re a person of color, you should not be concerned about any interaction that you have with the police in the same way I can’t say to a police officer, shouldn’t worry about what community you are being asked to operate in.”
When Reid asked about a 2001 case in New York in which officers were acquitted in the killing of a young west African immigrant and at that time, Holder issued a memorandum saying there is “mistrust between black communities and police that needed to be bridged...(MORE)
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Post-Election Flurry: Obama Tests His Powers
(Star Tribune) – With a recent streak of activism, President Barack Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.
Whether it’s immigration or Internet access, climate change or Cuba, Obama is laying down a foundation that while fragile and subject to change is defining how he enters the final two years of his presidency and what he leaves for the next White House occupant.
In the weeks since the midterm elections gave Republicans full control of Congress, Obama has acted in unbridled ways on foreign and domestic policy fronts. The list is significant. In addition to taking executive actions to shield millions of immigrants from deportation, securing anti-pollution goals with China and undertaking a historic diplomatic opening with Havana, Obama has sought to sustain new ties with once reclusive Myanmar, make Alaska’s Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas drilling, and affirm “net neutrality.”
David Axelrod, a former senior Obama adviser, said: “He is someone who ran for office to tackle big, lingering problems and, now, as he looks at the final years of his administration, he seems determined to use every tool at his disposal to make progress on as many of them as he can.”
Aides and advisers say that even if Obama’s actions can be undone, he is giving the public a taste of change that would be difficult to reverse...(MORE)
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