Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The record: Speeches, statements and testimony by the U.S. attorney general and U.S. Department of Justice officials. Topics range from anti-drug efforts to civil rights.
Why you'd want them: To learn more about what the attorney general and the Justice Department do. You can search by topics that are of particular interest to you, such as civil rights.
Where you get the records: From the Justice Department's Web site, www.usdoj.gov. Click on "Press Room" and then on "Speeches, Statements and Testimony."
How much it will cost: The information is free.