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Julia Edwards: U.S. Justice Department To Collect, Study Arrest Data For Racial Bias

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system. Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

Black men were six times more likely, and Latino men were 2.5 times more likely, to be imprisoned than white men in 2012, according to Justice Department data. Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to President Barack Obama’s call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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U.S. President Obama and Attorney General Holder attend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Capitol in Washington

Barack Obama, Eric Holder


110 Responses to “Team Obama-Holder”


  1. April 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I loooooooove these men! Thanks a GAZILLION Nerdy!!

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      April 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Looks who’s first! Chips and Nena!

    • 4 Nerdy Wonka
      April 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      They’re the best, Chiparoo.

      So thankful for this second term because it frees up President Obama and Attorney General Holder to go even further in righting institutional wrongs.

      p.s. Lookachu, getting first place without cheating. I think someone deserves a prize.

    • 6 Cindy
      April 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Congrats on 1st Chipsticks! wtg……

      Did Dannyboy come through the door with you? I saw the beautiful pictures of him swimming, he is such a big beautiful and handsome boy. Next thing we know, Danny will be dating : ), are you ready for that momma chipsticks?

      Also, how is your mother doing? I hope that she is nearing full recovery and feeling much, much better. She is still on the prayer list, sending healing blessings, and speedy recovery.

      HAPPY MONDAY!

      • April 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        I was lucky enough to happen upon the video Danny swimming. He’s looking good. . .
        My best to Mama Chips too. If you look at the background on my twitter page you will notice we spoiled our dogs with a huge garden pond. ;) You and Danny welcome any time.

        • 8 Cindy
          April 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm

          Happy Beautiful Monday CarolMaeWY!

          {{{{{{{{{{{Healing hugs CarolMaeWY}}}}}}}}}}}}

          How are you doing my friend? Haven’t been on much; school, FCAT and the works. I pray that you are feeling well and doing well. How is recovery coming along? You were being naughty (on computer) after your surgery so I hope that you are in a better place of recovery. Continued prayers for full recovery.
          Warmest Blessings

          • April 28, 2014 at 3:08 pm

            Oh, you caught me. Please don’t tell AMK. ;) My eye is healing well think. I’ll know May 9! I’ve had multiple side effects from an unrelated drug that is giving me grief now and then. I think it’s the pent up infuriation at the idjits out there and I haven’t been able to let off steam @ TOD.

            • 10 Cindy
              April 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

              So sorry to hear that. Well, keep praying and keep the faith. You will get there real soon. I know how aggravating it can be when all you want to do is heal, and go back to where you were but please be patient; one day at a time. I know, easy for me to say …..right : (

              Don’t you give up and don’t give in……better days are ahead ((((((((CarolMaeWY))))))))))

    • 12 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Me too, gurl! Goodness, I’ve got the vapors! Is it hot in here? :-D

  2. 13 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    <3 TOD <3

    GA :)

  3. 14 Judith Fardig
    April 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    These two are an incredible team for justice. I really hope Eric Holder hangs in there for the duration of the Obama Presidency!

  4. 16 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Ohhh. Oooh. My Heart! I cain’t take it! Ooooooooh DA FINE!!!!! Daaayummmmm!!! :-D :-D :-D

    Why you wanna do me like that?!!

    • 17 Nerdy Wonka
      April 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      Hahahahahahahaha…I take no responsibilities.

      • 18 Dudette
        April 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

        Girl! Warn a sistah next time, would ya?

        I was so blown away I couldn’t even get out the proper squee! :-D

        • 19 Cindy
          April 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

          Happy Monday Dudette!
          Calm down Miss Lady before you go into cardiac arrest : (
          Here you go, nice ICE COLD towel……but I do understand. : )

          Why do you think Darrell “crazy man” Issa want to bring them down? The brothers got it going on, no doubt, they know it. They are driving the “establishment buck wild crazy” because this was NEVER suppose to happen; not in “their USA” but God is good all the time and all the time God is good : )

          Mr. Cummings, Dr. Rice, AG Holder….and of course President Obama, Issa and the rest of the “good ol boys” want them gone.

          • 20 Dudette
            April 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

            Ohhh, thank you Cindy! A cool towel is just what I needed. ;-)

            You’re so right. Issa and his GOP cronies can’t take seeing our great President and his team of outstanding and brilliant public servants mess up their program of greed and destruction. The party of Hope defeats the party of Nope! Everytime!

  5. April 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Greetings, fine people.

    Now that Sterling has been shown to be a Republican, the usual quarters are rushing to exonerate him. The Donald claims “he was set up”. I hope tonight to write a piece on race in the Age of Obama. I have a doozy working out in my head.

    • 23 Judith Fardig
      April 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Looking forward to reading your thoughts, LL!

    • 24 Cindy
      April 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Good day LL, HAPPY Monday to you!

      Donald the clown….always hanging around.

      It doesn’t matter if “he was set up” because he spoke what was in his heart. If it wasn’t there, it would not have come out. Hatred for others (race, gender, religion etc….) will always show up; sooner or later, what stirs in the heart comes out of the mouth.

      The man doesn’t care for the Negro Donald Trump, no more than you cared for President Obama, and you showed your disdain for our President at every opportunity that was given to you. So go ahead and defend your heartless mate…….

      Birds of feather “ALWAYS flock together.

    • 25 Nena20409
      April 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      With you beautiful fine mind and penmanship…………. ;) the anticipation in waiting is excruciatingly worth it.

      Please, Go ahead and make my TOD day LL.

  6. 26 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Now THAT’s a League of Justice! Hollah!!

  7. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Men of resiliency and steadiness. Team Obama-Holder ~ my favorite kind of team!

  8. 28 JER
    April 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    LIVE NOW: VP Biden Speech at George Washington University – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  9. 29 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    • 30 @pierretteY
      April 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      sometimes they look like they share parents :) Blood brother

      • 31 Dudette
        April 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        Yep, I always thought they look like they could be cousins at the very least!

        • 32 vcprezofan2
          April 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          I have thought they look alike too – it’s something in their manner, I think. They both have CHARACTER and resolve, among other positive traits. While being very pleasant men, to me they both also give off a ‘don’t-come-to-me-with-garbage’ air.

  10. April 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Conservatives can call for Holder’s impeachment all they want – PBO trusts Holder to the nth degree and Holder has PBO’s back to the nth degree. This AG is not going ANYWHERE until he is ready to.

  11. 35 Paulita
    April 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Hello TOD.

    I’ve been listening to a wonderful, passionate, back and forth with Herman Edwards and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take. Absolutely riveting. Magic Johnson phoned in to comment on how moved he was.

    • 36 Paulita
      April 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Must hear for every pro athlete.

    • April 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      How are you and your family Paulita? I’m so sorry for your loss.

      • 38 Paulita
        April 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Hi CMWY. Thanks for asking. Dealing with 5 deaths in the past 3 wks. but keeping the faith. This just makes me more determined to grab a blessing out of each day, and love everybody just a little harder.
        How are you? Are you doing right by your eyes?

    • 45 Cindy
      April 28, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Good afternoon Paulita,
      Happy Monday to you…..under the circumstances, I hope that you are well.

      I added you to my prayer list when I read about your aunt and nephew, and now to hear that you have lost again is heartbreaking. I pray that you and your family will be comforted in your time of bereavement. There are no words that I can say but I pray for your comfort. May God give you all that you need in times like this.

      Warmest Blessings {{{{{{{{{Paulita and family}}}}}}}}}}

      • 46 Paulita
        April 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        Thank you Cindy. 2 were relatives, the other 3 were friends. But I feel so blessed that I can come to this place, knowing we may never meet on this side, but still feel closer to a world of people that comment here. The sincerity is felt and deeply appreciated.

  12. 47 carolyn
    April 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    These pictures are what makes white supremacists’ heads explode! These two men, who had no privileges growing up, did actually make it on their own brains and hard work. No entitlement or privilege to help them along. Absolutely maddening to the white male privilege holders. These two men topple every idea those other people had of their own innate superiority and rightness. As a white woman, I am very familiar with white male privilege.

    I’m thinking what is happening right now, to use a rather crude analogy, is like a poisoned appendix. We don’t know what’s going on inside for a long time…a stomach ache now, a twinge then………boom, a rupture, and all the poison spills out and the offending organ must be removed so the body can heal. We have to live through this rupture while the racists are marked and noted, and other people see what is happening, so we can heal and become whole. This is very difficult and hard for the rest of us to live through, but I’m afraid a lot of white folks have to have the hatred and horror graphically pointed out to them before they will acknowledge it and purge it from themselves.

    I love and respect President Obama, and it shatters me that he has been the victim of so much denigration. However, knowing what I do about white male privilege and white female unreasoning fear, clearly manifested in the home schooling movement, I realize this reaction would happen whenever the first president of a minority was elected. We are so blessed that the first was our PBO, who is miles smarter and cooler than any of his enemies, and is showing that color is not a determinant of character or intelligence. The rest of the world knows, he is a treasure.

    • April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      carolyn, Love, love that analogy. That is some awesomeness there! Thank you! Will definitely file that away and pull it out when I need it.

    • 49 Dudette
      April 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Brilliantly said, carolyn! Thank you!

    • 50 Nerdy Wonka
      April 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      “This is very difficult and hard for the rest of us to live through, but I’m afraid a lot of white folks have to have the hatred and horror graphically pointed out to them before they will acknowledge it and purge it from themselves.”

      Absolutely fantastic commentary, Carolyn.

    • 51 jackiegrumbacher
      April 28, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      You hit it way out of the park and then some, Carolyn. This is truth. Only a man of our president’s caliber could have forged this path to greatness through bigotry and fear. And thank God he has a wonderful and courageous partner at this side in Michelle.

  13. 52 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

  14. 55 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  15. April 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Follow-up on a comment I posted yesterday …

    “Ukraine has inked with the Slovak Republic, in particular with the Slovak transit company the Eustream, a memorandum on cooperation in energy, which envisages launch of reverse supplies of natural gas from the territory of Slovakia. The Prime Mhttp://www.kmu.gov.ua/img/1×1.gifinister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed at a press conference on Monday, April 28.

    According to him, pursuant to the memorandum, Ukraine can receive 8 billion cu m of gas anually.

    “I hope that after holding additional examinations the amount of supplies will be increased,” the Head of Government added.

    He stressed the memorandum is “a huge achievement in the direction of diversification of natural gas supplies on the territory of Ukraine”.

    Arseniy Yatsenyuk accessed the position of the European Commission and added that during the signing process the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso had been present: “Just owing to the position of the European Commission and the Government of Slovakia there has been signed the agreement that enables to launch reverse supplies of natural gas to the territory of Ukraine”.

    “Moreover, all necessary technical documents have been signed with an aim to ensure the transit of gas to Ukraine’s territory,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk added.”

    Ukraine Government portal link: http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/en/publish/article;jsessionid=932737B916D7582CFF20FF46195998E3?art_id=247252461&cat_id=244314971

  16. 58 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    You also may have received today’s cheerful email from dccc.org with the subject, “DOOMED.” Off to unsubscribe and tell them why.

  17. 65 Dudette
    April 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm

  18. 67 mtmarilyn
    April 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Those 2 are the most handsome and smartest men ever to hold those offices. Plus they drive the rwnj’s crazy. I just feel so bad for the the crap they have to take. Thank you for putting up this post. We are blessed to have them care.

  19. 68 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/harry-reid-gop-come-at-me

    Senator Ready is No taking it any more nor is is will to make nice.

    Go sen Reid, Go.

    “In Senate races across the country, Republicans will avoid the issues that matter most to Americans. Instead trying to focus attention on a senator not even up for election. That senator is me,” he said on the Senate floor on the day the chamber returned from a two-week recess.

    “Charles and David Koch and their radical henchmen — feel free to attack me as much as you want. I can take it,” he said. “But don’t expect the American people to be fooled by this newest tactic.”

  20. 70 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Okay, now this climate change stuff is getting serious:

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/26/3431215/coffee-apocalypse-drought/

  21. April 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Whenever Pres. Obama is on a foreign trip and I can’t keep up with TOD, I think, If It’s Monday, This Must Be the Philippines. . .
    Thinking of that old movie, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium ;)

  22. 80 Nena20409
    April 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    So now that Sterling has been officially exposed as a registered GOPer, Rush said this:

    //////These people are wickedly poisonous.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/limbaugh-sterling-didnt-donate-obama

  23. April 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    To recap as of now sponsor/companies fleeing the Clippers:

    CarMax
    Virgin America
    Kia ( Clippers PF Blake Griffin, is the face of Kia motors)
    State Farm ( Clippers PG Chris Paul & Lebron James of NBA & Aaron Rodgers of NFL) are the face of those companies
    AquaHydrate
    Red Bull
    LoanMart (removed logo from “proud partner” on website……..

    It is only noon West Coast time……… these companies are doing NBA commissioner Silver’s job for him after his legal mumbo jumbo fail yesterday, and prior to his 2 p.m. EST press conference tomorrow.

    Hope everyone in TODville has a wonderful day…… back to studying for finals :(

  24. 91 sherijr
    April 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I’d like to know the 5 cities where data will be collected.

  25. April 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Noticing TOD is getting close to another milestone number soon. Maybe you could share again where all your followers from around the world are. :) :) :)

  26. 93 Nerdy Wonka
    April 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  27. 94 Linda
    April 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The Koch Brothers Used Cliven Bundy as Part Of Their Plan To Seize Public Land

    The Koch brothers’ paid ALEC to create several pieces of “model legislation” for Republican states to “demand that Congress extinguish title and government jurisdiction over public lands that are held in trust by the US federal government” such as ALEC’s “Eminent Domain Authority for Federal Lands Act.”

    In 2012 Utah’s Mormon governor, Bundy and ALEC supporter Gary Herbert signed “The Transfer of Public Lands Act” mandating the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management relinquish their domain to Utah Republicans no later than 2015 or the conservative Supreme Court will do it for them. It is important to remember that Cliven Bundy’s primary assertion was that the federal government had no right, or claim, to public land it had purchased from Mexico and why the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity and Republicans fell over themselves to support Bundy’s claim of “government overreach.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/28/koch-brothers-cliven-bundy-part-plan-seize-public-land.html

  28. April 28, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Had suspected we’d be reading something like this ….

    “Many in Russia and the West have speculated that the combination of Vladimir Putin’s policies against Ukraine, Moscow’s increasing isolation internationally, and deteriorating economic conditions at home will eventually lead to a Maidan-style challenge to his rule.

    That is possible, of course, but a man identified as a former FSB officer and speaking on condition of anonymity suggests that there may be another and more immediate threat to the Kremlin leader: a coup by the siloviki [power ministers] and groups allied with them who believe that Putin’s policies are hurting not only the country but their personal interests.

    “Everyone understands that there is simply no reason to fight with the entire world in the name of some absurd historical principles,” he says, adding that “everyone understands that the Soviet phobia of the FSB that the American enemy is close and will soon attack has lost its significance.””

    More at the link in the tweet:

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  30. April 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    One of our very favorite patrons just brought us cookies from a local bakery. All of us are in various states of ecstasy.

  31. April 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  32. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    April 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Hunker down, Mississippi:

  33. 107 57andfemale
    April 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Steve Benen has a good take on some puff piece on Paul Ryan and his ‘sincerity’ in combating poverty. Here’s an excerpt from one of his visits to a shelter:

    “After several minutes, a sturdy, smiling pastor named Darryl Webster arrives and greets their guest of honor. “I appreciate you coming,” Webster says as he clasps the congressman’s hand. “You know, when you get up this early in the morning, it’s intentional.”

    “Usually when I get up this early, I get up to kill something,” Ryan cracks.
    It was a hunting joke.”

    What a guy. Then Benen eviscerates what Paul Ryan would do to the needy of this country: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/poverty-policy-and-paul-ryan

  34. 108 Dakota
    April 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Team Obama-Holder…the brilliance…the fineness…the hotness! Yeah, I know…I’m headed toward the mat right now.

  35. 109 HZ
    April 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Two beautiful, brilliant, decent, and great men of our time. President Barack H. Obama, and Eric Holder. We are so blessed to have the best.HZ


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