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After a series of videos that have gone viral, law enforcement is on the defensive in parts of America. Long-standing accusations of racial bias and abuse of force have been confirmed for many people, while others are taking them seriously for the first time. Officials and politicians are struggling to restore public confidence. We hear conflicting opinions of what needs to be done.

Also, Congress finds bipartisan support to pass a Medicare "Doc Fix" bill. On today's Talking Point, are you unhappy on Tax Day? Consider the plight of IRS workers.

Photo: North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (R) is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, South Carolina taken April 4, 2015.

Congress Finds Bipartisan Support to Pass Medicare "Doc Fix" Bill 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Healthcare legislation has been virtually frozen since Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act five years ago — all on their own. But last night, there was a rare bipartisan moment with approval of the Medicare payment formula by a vote of 92 to 8. It's called the "Doc Fix." Jennifer Haberkorn reports for Politico.

Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico (@jenhab)

Law Enforcement on Trial in America 35 MIN, 25 SEC

In Charleston, South Carolina cellphone video appears to show criminal conduct by police officer Michael Slager. He was fired and charged with murder shortly after the video went viral. It's the most damning in a series of videos that have created a crisis of public confidence in law enforcement.

Such recent body-cam and bystander videos appear to confirm the worst accusations against police in some parts of America. They show what looks like racial profiling, abuse of force and tampering with evidence. They suggest that some cops believe they can get away with murder. Everybody agrees police face danger on a daily basis, but there's a growing consensus that steps are needed to counteract a loss of public confidence. Is better training what's needed to overcome deficiencies in cop culture?

Brian Hicks, Post and Courier (@BriHicks_PandC)
Jim McNeff, Fountain Valley Police Department (retired) (@JimMcNeff)
Walter Katz, police oversight attorney (@walterwkatz)
Seth Stoughton, University of South Carolina School of Law (@policelawprof)
Lorie Fridell, University of South Florida

Hicks on body cameras, the beset way to avoid bad encounters with the police
Tennessee v. Garner
Graham v. Connor

Think 'the IRS Sucks?' Try Working There 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Nobody likes to pay taxes. But collecting them isn't a lot of fun, either. The IRS may be America's most unpopular government agency. Devin Leonard wanted to know what it's like to work there. The result is a cover story in Bloomberg Businessweek, "An Emotion Audit: IRS Workers are Miserable and Overwhelmed."

Photo: eFile989

Devin Leonard, Bloomberg Businessweek (@devinleonard)

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