HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Ashcroft Outlines Top Three Priorities
Pubdate: Thu, 08 Feb 2001
Source: San Diego Union Tribune (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
Contact:  PO Box 120191, San Diego, CA, 92112-0191
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft intends to increase gun 
prosecutions, renew the war on drugs and reach out to minorities as his 
three top priorities, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

After his civil rights record was bitterly attacked during a stormy Senate 
confirmation battle, Ashcroft is inviting the Justice Department's civil 
rights division officials to a brown-bag lunch in his private department 
dining room next week, chief spokeswoman Mindy Tucker said. Civil rights 
will be first, but he plans to hold these lunches with each division.

Ashcroft has three main civil rights issues in mind: racial profiling, 
voting rights and hate crimes.
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