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Stephen Kim's Leak

Friday, March 20, 2015

Stephen Kim is in prison for speaking about a classified document with a reporter, but according to journalist Peter Maass the government threw the book at the wrong leaker. 


The Brian Lehrer Show

The Big Leaks

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, and Steve Coll, contributor to the New Yorker, incoming dean of the Columbia Journalism School, and author most recently of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, discuss the Espionage Act and its application in the AP/Fox News Justice Department investigations and in the case of Bradley Manning, who is currently on trial. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The DoJ vs. Leakers vs. Reporters

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Details continue to emerge about how the Justice Department is investigating leakers and the reporters they collaborate with (including a long report in the Washington Post about Fox's James Rosen). Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker discusses the effect on journalists and the balance between revealing sensitive information and preserving freedom of the press.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who's Spying on Whom? Bloomberg, AP and Justice Dept.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Eric Holder was grilled on Capitol Hill yesterday about Benghazi, prosecuting leakers, and more. Amidst the testimony, he also clarified his position on prosecuting banks. Heidi Moorefinance and economics editor at The Guardian, rounds up some of the latest economic news, from Holder's comments, Bloomberg terminal "snooping," JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon on the hot seat, and what the Justice Department's handling of the AP's phone records means for journalism in general.

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Money Talking

Ratings Agencies 'Key' to Mortgage Crisis Meltdown

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Standard and Poor’s is the first rating agency to face civil fraud charges from the federal government. The Justice Department filed a civil complaint against the company on Monday. It’s the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating firm since the financial crisis almost five years ago.

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The Takeaway

Trial by Plea Bargain

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Last year, guilty pleas resolved more than 97 percent of federal cases prosecuted to conclusion by the Justice Department. That rate is way up along with the number of federal criminal defendants in the past decade, a number that has doubled. David Feige, a former Bronx defense prosecutor, explains.

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It's A Free Country ®

Did the ATF Walk Guns to Mexico in Fast & Furious?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, reporter Katherine Eban broke down her breakthrough investigation into the root cause of the Fast and Furious "gun-walking" scandal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Executive Privilege Order in Context

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, discusses the context and the fallout of President Obama's decision to grant executive privilege to the Justice Department in the Fast and Furious case.

→ Relevant Documents: The Letter to Charles Grassley's Office About Fast and Furious | The Letter From Eric Holder Requesting Executive Privilege | Eric Holder's Letter Informing Congress | The Letter Putting Holder in Contempt

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The Takeaway

Justice Department to Florida: End Voter Purge Effort

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Justice Department has demanded that Florida stop trying to identify noncitizens to purge from its voter registration rolls. Last night the department sent a detailed letter to Florida's Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, instructing the state to end the practice, which it said violated the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Judicial Activism 2012

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Anup Malani, professor of law and health law at the University of Chicago, discusses the line between the courts and the administration -- from President Obama applying pressure on the Supreme Court to a Fifth Circuit judge calling out the Justice Department.

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The Takeaway

Justice Department Blocks Texas Voter Identification Law

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On Monday, the Justice Department blocked a new Texas voter identification law on the basis that the law would disproportionately affect Hispanics and that it violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law would have required all Texas voters to show some form of photo ID before voting. This past December, the Justice Department blocked a similar law in South Carolina, saying it adversely affected African-American voters.

The controversy over these laws is far from over. Both South Carolina and Texas have filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Washington arguing in favor of their new voting laws, and they will take their cases to the Supreme Court if necessary.

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The Takeaway

Reebok to Pay Settlement Over EasyTone Sneakers

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some enticing advertisements for shoes by Reebok have been circulating, promising "up to 28 percent more of a work out for your butt, up to 11 percent more for your hamstrings and calves." It sounds like a lot to expect from a simple shoe, and the Justice Department is saying it's worse than just an exaggeration — the company is making false claims, and should reward disappointed customers with refunds, which could add up to $25 million.


The Takeaway

Justice Department Sues to Halt AT&T Merger With T-Mobile

Thursday, September 01, 2011

AT&T, the one-time sole carrier of Apple’s iPhone, has had its fare share of problems: dropped calls, consumer discontent, and a shoddy network across the northeast coast made the company a "second tier" cellular carrier as far as its hard core data plan users were concerned. Until yesterday, the company had plans to fix that. AT&T was working on a $39 billion dollar merger deal with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA, and expand its data and voice service across the country. But the U.S. Department of Justice may be stopping that plan dead in its tracks.