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Our take on William Barr, Trump's nominee for AG: We could do so much worse

Our take on William Barr, Trump's nominee for AG: We could do so much worse

William P. Barr wouldn’t be our first choice to be the nation’s top lawyer. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, it was clear his views on border security and law and order are hawkish, and his understanding of sentencing reform and mass incarceration is muddled and dated. There are a number of modern Justice Department issues (the use of consent decrees to get local police departments with a history of civil rights violations like Baltimore’s in line) in which he does not appear to be particularly well versed. Given President Donald Trump’s own predilections, none of that is surprising, of course. What was a little surprising was this inescapable conclusion: Mr....

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