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Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Law and Justice
Law and justice
Law and Law Enforcement
Introduction

For most of President Ronald Reagan's second term, the administration was at odds with Congress over a host of civil rights, law enforcement and other legal issues as well as a multitude of controversial judicial nominations.

Attorney General Edwin Meese III set the tone for the administration's relations with Congress in these areas. He held the post of attorney general for only three and a half years, but the record of the Reagan presidency on civil rights and other judicial matters is linked inextricably with Meese's Justice Department.

1985: Contention

In the first year after his re-election, Reagan did battle with Congress over Meese himself, who was not confirmed until Feb. 23, 1985, after a 13-month fight.

Soon after Meese was confirmed ...

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