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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Gets Blasted From Both Sides

Mild-mannered Eric Holder is finding that’s it’s not only tough to please all of Washington,  it’s tough to please either side of the isle — Democrat-Republican, liberal-conservative. Lately, the left has been blasting him for trying to smooth over the past events involving the Bush administration. All in a days work in Washington.

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By Carrie Johnson and Krissah Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — July cannot be counted as the warmest of months for Eric H. Holder Jr. The attorney general clashed with Congress over national security policy, fielded complaints from federal judges upset with bungled evidence and, in the most painful indignity, cracked his tooth.

Then came a bombshell three days ago that has sent Washington political circles reeling: Holder’s inclination to appoint a prosecutor to examine whether interrogators tortured terrorism suspects during the Bush years. The disclosure has exposed him to new scrutiny even among colleagues in the Obama administration, where views about unearthing divisive episodes from the past are hardly uniform.

All of that took a back seat yesterday when Holder, 58, arrived in his home town of New York for a rousing speech to the NAACP, where he had served as an intern decades ago. Seated between civil rights icon Julian Bond and the group’s president, Benjamin Todd Jealous, at a luncheon during the organization’s centennial convention, Holder was lauded by the crowd as a symbol of pride and progress in his ascent to becoming the nation’s first black attorney general.

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