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  • Student Daniel Chong talks about his ordeal while in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration when he was forgotten and left without food and water for five days at a news conference, Thursday, July 10, 2014, in San Diego. Chong is flanked by ACLU policy director Margaret Dooley-Sammuli. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Federal agents interacted with student during five-day jailing

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents are solely to blame for the wrongful incarceration of Daniel Chong, including four employees who spoke with Mr. Chong during the five days he was imprisoned without food or water, an investigative report released Thursday said.

  • Savvy: Christian Marrone helped send his father-in-law and former boss to prison and blamed the culture of south Philadelphia politics for his own actions. (DEFENSE.GOV)

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  • "These are the rules established by the other side, and now when they're on the receiving side of those same rules, they want those rules changed. We don't intend to play by two sets of rules," says Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee (associated press)

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  • **FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** In this Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, picture, a hearse containing the body of U.S. Border Patrol officer and former U.S. Marine Brian Terry drives past a line of law enforcement officers from various departments lined up along Seven Mile Road outside Greater Grace Temple in northwest Detroit after Terry's funeral service. The ATF is under fire over a Phoenix-based gun-trafficking investigation called "Fast and Furious," in which agents allowed hundreds of guns into the hands of straw purchasers in hopes of making a bigger case. Two of those weapons were found in December at the fatal shooting of the Border Patrol agent. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, John T. Greilick)

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    Two top Republican lawmakers say Arizona prosecutors "stifled" attempts by agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to interdict weapons purchased by "straw buyers" in that state that later were "walked" to drug smugglers in Mexico, and may have covered up the fact that two of those weapons were found at the scene of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

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  •  Sen. Charles Grassley

    Lawmakers want answers about ATF gun operation

    Two Republican lawmakers investigating a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives weapons operation known as "Fast and Furious" have asked the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration to explain what role their agents played in the investigation.

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    The closed-door testimony of ATF's acting director, saying that the Justice Department was obstructing a congressional investigation, has prompted an expansion of that ongoing probe into the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons-smuggling operation.

  • **FILE** Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the top Judiciary Committee Republican (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

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  • "If the bill we are discussing today" were to become law, the Pennsylvania laws that helped convict Gosnell "would be wiped away," said Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, referring to the former doctor who specialized in late-term abortions in a filthy clinic with unskilled workers, and was convicted of three murders of newborn children and a lesser charge in the death of a mother.

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  • "A public accounting of the reckless conduct by the DEA that almost led to Mr. Chong's death in its holding facility in San Diego is long overdue," he said. "But in some ways, the Inspector General's report raises more questions than it answers."

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