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Alleged Cop Killer had Lengthy Criminal Past: Authorities in New Jersey say the suspect who shot and killed a 23-year-old rookie police officer Sunday afternoon did so in an effort to become famous. Jill Colvin of the Associated Press reports that  27-year-old Lawrence Campbell staged a fake armed robbery at a drugstore in order to lure officers to the area so he could ambush them when they arrived in the parking lot. Campbell had a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2011 and was released from prison in January 2014.  He was wanted by police at the time of the killing for his role in a previous homicide.

Missouri set to Execute Convicted Killer: A Missouri man sentenced to death for murdering three people is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday morning after spending more than 15 years on the state's death row.  Ed Pilkington of The Guardian reports that lawyers for Middleton claim their client is innocent based on the claim that he was incarcerated on the day one of his victims was murdered.  The Missouri Supreme Court rejected that claim.  Middleton is one of 42 inmates currently on the state's death row.

Holder Continues to Label Americans as Racists: Attorney General Eric Holder is once again citing racism as the reason why both he and President Obama have been criticized by the administration's opponents.  Justin Sink of The Hill reports that in a recent interview, Holder said he and Obama had been targets of a "racial animus", and that he stands by comments he made in 2009 where he called America a "nation of cowards."  This is not the first time Holder has accused administration critics as racist.  In April, Holder called Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert a racist during a congressional hearing, and a month later  cited  the "subtle racism" in American culture during a commencement speech at Morgan State University.  In a speech delivered this January to the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network annual convention, Holder said he and the president have dealt with "unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity", that no other president or attorney general has ever had to deal with.  In March 2011, Holder played the race card again,  saying that white people living in America couldn't possibly be victims of racial injustice because they simply haven't suffered enough.  There have also been a number of instances where the Attorney General has ignored racially-motivated crimes when the victims happened to be white. 

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