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Ronald Machen To Step Down As U.S. Attorney For DC

Ronald Machen is stepping down as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  Machen made the announcement this morning, saying he will step down April 1st.  He’s been at the post for the last five years, and helped lead the investigation into a shadow campaign that helped elect former mayor Vincent Gray.  As many as six people have pleaded guilty, and the investigation continues.

Ferguson Shooting Suspect’s Story Under Scrutiny

Authorities are investigating claims made by a man accused of shooting two cops last week in Ferguson.  According to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch, 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams admits he shot the officers, who’ve since been released from the hospital, but claims they weren’t his intended target.  McCulloch says they’re looking into the possibility that the shootings were unrelated to the protests in Ferguson, but, quote, “I’m not sure we’re completely buying that part of it.”

White House Criticizes Lynch Delay

Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest is blasting the delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general.  Earnest told a briefing that it is an unconscionable delay and he said Lynch is very well qualified to run the Justice Department.  A confirmation vote on Lynch is being held up in an unrelated dispute between Republicans and Democrats over an abortion provision in a human trafficking bill.  Lynch is a veteran federal prosecutor from New York. 

American Ebola Patient Now In Critical Condition

An American being treated for Ebola in Maryland is now in critical condition.  The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland updated the patient’s condition today after beginning treatment on Friday. The person contracted the virus while working in Sierra Leone. Ebola has killed more than ten-thousand people in an outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leona and Liberia.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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