legal affairs

In Wake of Ferguson, New Focus on Civil Rights, Militarized Cops

Ferguson could convince Reid to resurrect nomination of an Obama assistant attorney general nominee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The nation's eyes were riveted on the searing images from Ferguson, Mo., Thursday, but the violent protests in that small St. Louis suburb have also unexpectedly pushed two policy debates closer to the front burner in Washington: Civil rights and the militarization of police.  

President Barack Obama called for restraint from both police and protesters, who have clashed  since the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man.  

Rand Paul to Take the Floor to Again Contest Drone Policy, White House to Release Memo (Updated)

Paul appears set to take the floor to again protest drone policy. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:25 p.m. | Sen. Rand Paul intends to take the Senate floor Wednesday to contest the nomination of David J. Barron to be a federal appeals court judge, though it doesn't appear the Kentucky Republican will halt Barron's confirmation.  

That's in part because the White House plans to release the legal justification for the government's use of unmanned drones to target U.S. citizens, according to Sen. Mark Udall.