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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller wipes his eye during a farewell ceremony in his honor at the Department of Justice on August 1, 2013. Mueller is retiring from the FBI after 12-years in the post.

Mueller Farewell Brings Out Government A-List

When the attorney general, White House counsel and directors of the CIA, the FBI and national intelligence are all in the same room, rarely is it a good thing. Even rarer still is the moment punctuated by laughter. Yet that...

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

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Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat from Massachusetts, waves while arriving to speak during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 6, 2012.

Frank: Changed My Tweeting Mind

Barney Frank, the blunt and often cantankerous former Democratic member of the House, has gone back on his word. Despite his firm denials before he left office during the last Congress, Frank has official joined the world of Twitter. I...

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

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Attorney General Eric Holder delivers the keynote address at the annual NAACP convention, on July 16, 2013, in Orlando, Florida

Holder Seeks ‘Hard Look’ at Stand Your Ground Laws Like Florida’s

Attorney General Eric Holder, in a speech to the nation’s largest civil rights group today said it’s time to “take a hard look” at state laws that allow individuals who feel threatened to respond with force. Addressing an issue that...

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

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James Comey, U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 2013.

FBI Nominee Parlays Hedge Fund Past: ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

James Comey’s ties to the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates LP, were initially looked at by lawmakers as a potential liability as his nomination to lead the FBI moved through the Senate. Comey, at his nomination hearing yesterday, flipped...

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013.

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Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., on June 18, 2013.

Holder Promises ‘Holistic’ Release of Surveillance Explanation

Attorney General Eric Holder says the Obama administration is undertaking a “holistic” effort to declassify more details about government surveillance to give the public a better picture of the programs. “We’d like to do it sooner rather than later, but...

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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Authorities from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives search a home in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Grassley Hammers ATF Nominee

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director since 2006. Based on a Senate hearing today, the agency is going to have to keep waiting. Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate...

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives for testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Holder: ‘Fatigue,’ not Controversy, Will Tip Any Resignation as AG

Attorney General Eric Holder, already under fire for the Justice Department’s surveillance of news reporters, went up to Capitol Hill today amid news that the National Security Agency is collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans. And that’s nothing...

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder vs. Hill: Relationship on Rocks

The Justice Department’s relationship with House Republicans — a rocky one to begin with — took another hit today during an exchange over whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled lawmakers during congressional testimony last month. Justice, which asserted in a...

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey announces federal grand jury indictments for three British nationals during a news conference in this April 12, 2005 file photo in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey announces federal grand jury indictments for three British nationals during a news conference in this April 12, 2005 file photo in Washington, DC.

Obama’s FBI Nominee: Comey

President Barack Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey, a deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director, according to two people briefed on the selection. Comey, 52, served as general counsel to Lockheed Martin Corp. and...

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