1. Exclusive: Attorney General Merrick Garland NPR 13:08

The head of the Justice Department said that he is committed to unraveling the conspiracy behind the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, and reiterated that political considerations are no reason to overlook possible criminality.

Garland is also clear-eyed about the limits on the department’s ability to protect Americans’ right to vote in the face of restrictive new laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures. Democrats in Congress repeatedly failed to pass federal voting rights legislation and the Supreme Court struck down much of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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