A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vice President Walter Mondale speaks at a Georgetown University Law Center discussion last week. He is one of several prominent individuals calling for better legal representation for the poor. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Justice Department, along with the Department of Education, is trying to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline." J. David Ake/AP hide caption

toggle caption J. David Ake/AP

FBI Director James Comey is pictured earlier this month during his swearing-in ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

toggle caption Susan Walsh/AP

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor