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Apr 27, 2015

Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general.

Lynch, 55, takes over as the country’s top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore, Maryland, take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case. A 25-year-old black man died a week after being injured while in police custody.

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to
approve Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama’s next attorney
general, ending a five-month deadlock that made Lynch wait
longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general
combined.

The first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement
official, Lynch, 55, was approved by a 56-43 vote. Ten
Republicans voted for Lynch, including Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell. She is expected to take over as head of the
U.S. Justice Department on Monday, replacing Eric Holder.

Apr 23, 2015

Loretta Lynch nears Senate confirmation as U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch on
Thursday moved a step closer to being confirmed as the next U.S.
attorney general when the U.S. Senate voted to limit debate on
President Barack Obama’s nominee after a delay of more than five
months.

By a vote of 66-34, the Senate took the procedural step of
heading off any senator’s new delaying tactics, thus setting up
a final vote later in the day.

Apr 23, 2015

Senate finally moves to confirm Lynch as attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to become President Barack Obama’s next attorney general in a procedural move intended to end a five-month deadlock that made her wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined.

If confirmed as expected, Lynch would be the first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official.

Apr 22, 2015

Senate set to vote Thursday on Lynch nomination for attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate has scheduled a vote for Thursday morning on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general, ending a month-long partisan impasse on an unrelated human trafficking bill that threatened to stall her confirmation indefinitely.

The Thursday vote on Lynch was set late on Tuesday following hours of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. Lynch, an accomplished career prosecutor, was nominated by President Barack Obama in November.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. Senate vote on Lynch for attorney general seen this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate could vote this week
on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney
general, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday,
ending a month-long partisan impasse on an unrelated human
trafficking bill that threatened to stall her confirmation
indefinitely.

The vote on Lynch, an accomplished career prosecutor
nominated by President Barack Obama in November, could come now
that there is a deal between Republicans and Democrats on the
legislation aimed at cracking down on domestic human
trafficking, said McConnell.

Apr 17, 2015

Clinton faces early test on U.S.-Pacific Rim trade deal fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Less than a week after formally launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is already being tested on a thorny issue for Democrats: free-trade deals and their impact on workers.

The issue is a backdrop for almost any global economic affairs debate in Washington, with many Democrats and their backers arguing that free-trade deals help big corporations, but drive American jobs abroad to cheaper labor markets.

Apr 15, 2015

Back-to-back victories buck up U.S. Congress, tough tests ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The “do-nothing” U.S. Congress may actually be starting to do things.

One-hundred days into the Republican takeover of Capitol Hill, even some hard-bitten politicians are musing hopefully over the prospect of getting work done in an institution that is now synonymous with gridlock and a frequent source of nationwide angst and ire over the state of American politics.

Apr 14, 2015

U.S. Senate panel takes step toward Congress vote on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached agreement on Tuesday on revisions to a bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to vote on an international agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.

Committee Chairman Bob Corker and the panel’s top Democrat, Senator Ben Cardin, said they had worked out new wording which they hope will attract enough support to overcome a possible veto by President Barack Obama.

Apr 14, 2015

Supporters scramble for compromise on U.S. Senate Iran bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators scrambled to shore up bipartisan support for a controversial Iran nuclear bill before a committee meeting on Tuesday that could determine whether the legislation will survive President Barack Obama’s promised veto.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on Tuesday afternoon on the measure put forward by Senator Bob Corker, the panel’s chairman, that would give Congress a vote on any final nuclear agreement with Iran.

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