Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. That's good or bad, depending on whether you regard what occurred between 1861 and 1865 as the Civil War or as the War Between the States.
If you saw a man standing outside the grocery store swinging a baton and glowering at passers-by, would you go inside?
The chairman of a House subcommittee that funds the Justice Department wants Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to call for an independent review of the department's Civil Rights Division in the wake of a government report that documented widespread abuses within the division.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez's nomination by President Obama as labor secretary has been met with criticism from Republicans and widespread concern among current and former Justice Department attorneys who question whether the Civil Rights Division chief is qualified for the post.
A senior Republican in Congress said Wednesday that he wants to know why Justice Department employees whose "hostile, racist and inappropriate behavior" was documented in a new report — including one who admitted lying to the department's office of inspector general — are still employed.
An assistant attorney general President Obama is considering for labor secretary oversaw a Justice Department section hampered by racially-charged ideological divisions, an inspector general report says.
Voters at some Virginia polls waited up to five hours to cast ballots, Florida voters received phone calls from an election official telling them the wrong day to vote, and dozens of Republican poll workers in heavily Democratic Philadelphia needed a court order to get into election locations.
Problems at the polls surfaced early Tuesday in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, with Republican election monitors being turned away from polling places and members of the New Black Panther Party appearing at voting sites in Philadelphia.
While Vice President Joseph R. Biden's "back in chains" remark in front of a largely black audience on Aug. 14 definitely can be considered race-baiting, based on the Obama administration's reaction, it was more an off-the-cuff embarrassment than part of a calculated effort to rile black Americans and engender fear.