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In the wake of the ongoing clashes in Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama said Monday that there would likely be bipartisan interest in re-examining the federal programs that help funnel military-grade equipment to local and state law enforcement.

"I think it's probably useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars to make sure that what they're purchasing is stuff that they actually need," he said at a Monday press conference. "I think there will be some bipartisan interest in reexamining some of those programs."

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has hired Benjamin L. Ginsberg as part of his legal team to fend off an indictment for abuse of power.

Ginsberg is a longtime Republican lawyer who was an important figure on the Bush-Cheney team during the 2000 election recount. He later provided legal advice to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

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Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday where he will meet with federal law enforcement officers and community leaders, President Obama announced during a Monday press conference.

The Department of Justice is conducting its own investigation into the death of Michael Brown, the black teen shot by a police officer last week. Holder on Sunday ordered a federal autopsy of Brown.

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