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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

Government Watchdogs Complain Of Closed Doors Set Up By White House

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inspectors general complain that they're being stiffed on the access they need to serve effectively. Four lawmakers are now demanding that the Obama administration comply with transparency requests.

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Long Process Begins To Win Non-Violent Drug Offenders Pardons

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's all part of an effort to clear overcrowded prisons of non-violent drug offenders who would have received shorter sentences if they had been convicted today.

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After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department bashed the juvenile justice system in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2012. Now, Memphis courts are trying to find a way forward.

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Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are traveling to Montgomery County, Md., to highlight workforce training for inmates about to leave prisons and jails. They plan to replicate the county's program around the U.S. by giving federal grant money.

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By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning

Monday, July 21, 2014

The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It's a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though.

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Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants

Friday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday on a recommendation that Congress lower certain mandatory drug sentences retroactively. The move could cut almost two years off of thousands of prisoners' sentences.

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Commission To Decide If Some Federal Inmates Will Be Let Out Early

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home tens of thousands of federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking.

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With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.

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Justice Dept. Declines To Step Into Dispute Between CIA And Senators

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Justice Department has declined to bring criminal charges against anyone at the CIA or the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute over access to sensitive materials on enhanced interrogations. The power struggle relates to a long-running Senate probe over the mistreatment of detainees after Sept. 11.

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No Criminal Charges In Senate-CIA Spat, Justice Department Says

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The decision brings a muted end to a power struggle that had undermined relations between the intelligence community and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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In Oslo, Attorney General Warns Syria May Be A Cradle Of Terrorism

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In a speech in Oslo, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged European partners to do more to find and disrupt plans of would-be terrorists who head to Syria โ€” and, once trained, might return to the West.

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Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The assistant U.S. attorney says the government has begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. It's a bid to stop the clock on Ahmed Abu Khattala's request for a speedy trial.

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Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.

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Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Unions, But It's Not Quite Mortal

Monday, June 30, 2014

By a 5-4 majority along ideological lines, the Supreme Court has ruled that Illinois can't compel home health aides to pay union dues because it violates the First Amendment. The ruling is a defeat for unions, but it falls short of the kind of sweeping denunciation that could have derailed unions' fundraising and organizing efforts.

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Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions

Monday, June 30, 2014

The death penalty is in trouble โ€” drug shortages, botched executions and lawsuits are calling the idea of a "humane" execution into question. Some states are returning to previously abandoned methods.

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Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Stimson Center concludes that targeted killing operations may have protected Americans at home, but come at a heavy price abroad.

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Murdered Voting Advocate's Brother Wants Protections Back

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

David Goodman says last year the Supreme Court gutted the civil rights law that Andrew Goodman and other Freedom Summer activists gave their lives for.

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In 'Drone Memo,' A Step Toward Transparency On Targeting Americans

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Monday, a federal court made public a long-secret memo that lays out the Obama administration's legal justification for killing an American citizen in a drone strike. The memo, which concerns the 2011 killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki, says that the man presented an imminent threat to the United States.

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Overtime System At Customs And Border Protection Investigated

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Whistleblowers say Customs and Border Protection employees are misusing an overtime program designed for law enforcement emergencies. It's said to be costing taxpayers $40 million a year.

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Internal Affairs Chief Fired At U.S. Customs And Border Protection

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under fire for failing to investigate use of force along the border, ousted its longtime head of internal affairs. The new man in charge is an FBI official.

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