A combination of executive and congressional inaction has left U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder without permanent appointees in at least six top positions inside the Justice Department, even as he faces increased criticism from U.S. lawmakers.
Put aside the politics, and the question of who-knew-what-when. There are two policy problems highlighted by the controversies at the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice. The first is the growth of 501(c)(4) groups into vehicles for anonymous and unlimited political spending. The second is the Barack Obama administration’s overzealous prosecution of leaks.
Supporters of a bipartisan Senate immigration bill prevented major changes to its visa program for high-skilled foreign workers, seeking to preserve a compromise backed by technology companies and labor groups.