Attorney General Eric Holder Is Resigning

NPR is reporting that Eric Holder, the nation's first black Attorney General, is resigning. Holder, 63, has been attorney general for five and a half years, and has reportedly told friends recently that he is determined to leave soon in order to avoid getting locked into the job for the remainder of Obama's presidency. He is already one of the longest-running members of Obama's cabinet, and the 4th longest-serving Attorney General in history, according to NPR. Holder is said to be preparing to announce his resignation Thursday afternoon. He has also said he will stay until a successor to head the Justice Department is named.

Holder's legacy, which will likely be much-discussed in the coming days and weeks, includes some advances in civil rights, such as refusing to defend laws against same-sex marriage, challenging states' discriminatory Voter I.D. laws, and investigating police departments for abuse. He has come under attack for being soft on crimes committed by big banks and Wall Street, and for lagging behind in the march to decriminalize marijuana. He has battled Republicans in Congress throughout his tenure.

According to NPR, "sources say a leading candidate for that job is Solicitor General Don Verrilli, the administration's top representative to the Supreme Court and a lawyer whose judgment and discretion are prized in both DOJ and the White House."

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