Eric Holder, Back Then
Back in the '90s, when I lived in DC and the city was just beginning to pull itself out of Marion Barry's mess, I profiled one of the key players in its revival: Eric Holder. Then, he was the first black U.S. Attorney for Washington, DC (yeah, I know). Now it looks like he'll be the first black attorney general of the United States, but more than that, he's the kind of guy—pragmatic, humane, nonideological—who can help the Justice Department live up to its name, for a change.
Originally in TNR, but I can't find it on their site; now brought to you by some library in Kiev.