Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

Articles by Sahil

In a statement on Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder promised a "thorough and fair" investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

He condemned violent acts by both civilians and police officers, adding that "journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told." The attorney general said he's "deeply concerned" about transfers of military-grade equipment and vehicles to local law enforcement.

His full statement is below.

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Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson proposed legislation on Thursday aimed at demilitarizing domestic police forces, amid national criticism of heavily armed cops going after protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

"Our main streets should be a place for business, families, and relaxation, not tanks and M16s," the Democratic congressman wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter to members of Congress. "Unfortunately ... our local police are quickly beginning to resemble paramilitary forces."

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St. Louis County law enforcement will be removed from duty in Ferguson, Mo. after heated protests over a police officer's slaying of an unarmed teenager, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) told Bloomberg on Thursday.

"The governor just called me, and he's on his way to St. Louis now to announce he’s taking away St. Louis County police out of the situation," the congressman told the news outlet.

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Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) reacted strongly on Thursday to the chilling events in Ferguson, Missouri, which include police firing tear gas at protesters and arresting two reporters.

It was one of Barack Obama's signature promises during the 2008 campaign: he would fight the notorious influence of special interests by imposing strict rules against lobbyists in the federal government on his watch.

One day after becoming president, he signed his "revolving door ban" in an executive order prohibiting anyone in his administration from working on issues, or in agencies, they might have lobbied in the previous two years.

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When President Barack Obama told donors on Monday night to help Democrats because "we're going to have Supreme Court appointments" he may or may not have been talking about his own final years in office.

But he was right that several justices are statistically likely to retire in the coming years. None of them have revealed plans to step down, and if all of them stick around through the end of Obama's term, the 2016 presidential election could lead to a cataclysmic reshaping of the Supreme Court, and with it the country.

As of Election Day in 2016, three of the nine justices will be more than 80 years old. A fourth will be 78.

The average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice is 78.7, according to a 2006 study by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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