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Senate rejects Obama's civil rights nominee
Senate rejects Obama's civil rights nominee

WASHINGTON — In a surprising defeat for President Obama, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked his pick to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, the first time in his presidency that one of his nominees failed to muster even a simple majority. Until shortly before the roll call, Democrats appeared to believe they were close to having the votes needed to narrowly approve civil rights attorney Debo Adegbile, as they summoned Vice President Joe Biden to the Senate floor in case he was needed to cast a tie-breaking vote. But in an embarrassing miscalculation by Democratic leaders, seven from their own party voted no, dooming the nomination. ...

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