Senate Blocks Obama Civil Rights Nominee

Politico: “Several Senate Democrats joined with Republicans on Wednesday to block President Barack Obama’s controversial nominee to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division.”

“The rejection of Debo Adegbile in a 47-52 vote marks the first time that one of Obama’s nominees was thwarted since Senate Democrats changed filibuster rules in November.”

“Adegbile drew opposition and scrutiny from national law enforcement organizations as well as Senate Republicans for his work representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.”

“A group of 86 organizations, including the AFL-CIO and NAACP, wrote to senators this week urging them to support Adegbile.”

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