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September 25th, 2014
05:50 PM ET

Eric Holder's legacy: A competing agenda over security and civil rights

Washington (CNN) - The war on terror. Same-sex marriage. Voting rights. Financial scandals. Fast and Furious.

Attorney General Eric Holder's six-year tenure as the nation's chief law enforcement officer has been marked by an activist agenda and political confrontations on a range of legal, policy, and criminal matters.

"I've always liked this job. I've had some days that have been better than others," Holder told CNN's Justice Correspondent Evan Perez last November. He hinted then that his remaining time in office would give him "the ability to focus on issues now that really matter to me."

Some of those things were sentencing reform for drug offenders and community policing outreach in the wake of the recent shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

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