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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    CNN is reporting that President Obama will soon be nominating New York District Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General. Should Ms. Lynch be confirmed, she will be the first black woman to ever hold the post.

    I've been reading up on Ms. Lynch's resume since the story was released and I have to say I am thoroughally impressed. She is now serving her second stint with the New York DA's office after serving there during the Clinton Administration. She has twice been confirmed by the Senate before, so Republicans will be hard pressed to push too hard against her nomination.

    Ms. Lynch has had a couple high profile cases, most recently being the prosecutor who filed multiple felony charges against current Rep. Michael Grimm. She has also played a major role in investigating Wall Street, reaching multi-billion dollar settlements with a host financial institutions. Her previous stint durnig the Clinton Administraiton also saw its share of high profile cases, most notably when she secured a conviction of New York City Police officers for a brutal sexual assault of a Haitian immigrant.

    She will definitely be a fresh face to the Justice Department and can not be accused of being appointed from the inside. I sincerely hope she throgoughally investigaes the Ferguson Police Department and our out of control police culture nationwide. If I were to choose a top priority, this would be it. I also look forward to her continuing the fight against states who are trying to make it more difficult to vote and would love it if she and President Obama began pushing for some serious prison reforms, perhaps mirroring what California just passed in the recent election.

    What do you think of Ms. Lynch's pending nomination? I must admit that it will be wonderful to see a black woman as our top law enforcement official in this country. I hope she can begin changing the 'shoot first and ask questions later' culture that permeats throughout our national law enforcement.
  • Center Left
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    I don't yet know much about her but from what you wrote she sounds very good. A Black woman ? Have we ever had 2 African American DA's in a row ? I seriously doubt it...... our country is still far too racist. Good luck to her and the administration.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    TJ Wrote: I don't yet know much about her but from what you wrote she sounds very good. A Black woman ? Have we ever had 2 African American DA's in a row ? I seriously doubt it...... our country is still far too racist. Good luck to her and the administration.
    Holder was the first African American Attorney General and she will be the first African American female Attorney General should she be confirmed by the Senate. Let's just hope she is treated with a little more respect than Holder was. I'm not holding my breath though.

    I can see the Fox News headlines now..."Attorney General Lynch is acting like an angry black woman by investigating police brutality. And what's up with a name like Lynch? What was President Obama thinking by appointing someone with that name?" I'd be willing to bet that we will start seeing multiple quotes about an 'angry black woman' and 'lynching' by a prominent conservative pundit any day now...
  • Center Left Democrat
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    jared:


    You're not far off on FOX "news".

    The story below was released this morning:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/08/obama-urging-senate-to-confirm-attorney-general-nominee-loretta-lynch-quickly/

    Here's 2 quick highlights from the story:

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who presumably will become the majority leader in the next session, issued a statement Friday night urging the Senate to wait until January to vote on the nomination.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds the confirmation hearing, has already indicated that he is unhappy Obama is making the nomination now, instead of during the new session, when Republicans will have the majority in both chambers.

    (Cruz, incidentally, is projected to be the next chairman of the House Subcommittee on Science and Space, and climate denier James Inhofe is slated to be the chairman of the House Environment and Public Works Committee. Cruz also believes that global warming is a hoax)

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120180/climate-denier-ted-cruz-may-lead-senate-science-subcommittee

    The wack jobs that read Hannity's website, naturally, have a different opinion of the nominee:

    Most likely will be a vicious fight.

    http://forums.hannity.com/showthread.php?2453389-U-S-Attorney-for-the-E-D-N-Y-Loretta-Lynch-to-be-nominated-as-U-S-Attorney-General

    So far, Bill O'Reilly is on her side, but that could change at any time. However, he still manages to take a swipe at a couple of Democrats. Megyn Kelly, of course, is her usual lunatic self.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/07/27/oreilly_loretta_lynch_is_a_hero_protecting_kids.html
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote:
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who presumably will become the majority leader in the next session, issued a statement Friday night urging the Senate to wait until January to vote on the nomination.
    He can kick and scream all he wants. He won't be majority leader for two more months. Then and only then will he have any power to do anything. I urge the Senate to act on this nomination during the lame duck session because it will be a freak show come January.

    that guy in Arizona Wrote: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds the confirmation hearing, has already indicated that he is unhappy Obama is making the nomination now, instead of during the new session, when Republicans will have the majority in both chambers.
    Cruz can kick and scream all he wants to, as well. Cruz will find a way to disagree with Obama if he says the sky is blue.

    that guy in Arizona Wrote:Most likely will be a vicious fight.
    It will be a vicious fight regardless of who the President nominates. He could nominate a damn Republican and Republicans will find a way to be against the nomination. That's who they are. They are not a governing party and we're about to be reminded of that again come January when they take over Congress and screw everything up like they did during the Bush era.
  • Democrat
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    She appears to have all of the right qualifications plus experience as a State Atty. Gen. so the only problem is what? That she is a last minute appointment? The GOP knew that when Holder retired the President would appoint another one regardless of the timing of the election, President Obama still has two years left of his tenure, did the GOP think that he wouldn't appoint someone as qualified as she appears to be until after the New Year? why? She has had success as a prosecutor and a Civil Rights Atty, so what difference would it have made if he (Obama) appointed her now or after the New Year, she still would have been just as qualified.
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    that guy in Arizona Wrote:
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who presumably will become the majority leader in the next session, issued a statement Friday night urging the Senate to wait until January to vote on the nomination.
    He can kick and scream all he wants. He won't be majority leader for two more months. Then and only then will he have any power to do anything. I urge the Senate to act on this nomination during the lame duck session because it will be a freak show come January.

    that guy in Arizona Wrote: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds the confirmation hearing, has already indicated that he is unhappy Obama is making the nomination now, instead of during the new session, when Republicans will have the majority in both chambers.
    Cruz can kick and scream all he wants to, as well. Cruz will find a way to disagree with Obama if he says the sky is blue.

    that guy in Arizona Wrote:Most likely will be a vicious fight.
    It will be a vicious fight regardless of who the President nominates. He could nominate a damn Republican and Republicans will find a way to be against the nomination. That's who they are. They are not a governing party and we're about to be reminded of that again come January when they take over Congress and screw everything up like they did during the Bush era.
    "Jared" sure you see it right; but I think in the "background" since the GOP is more Kentucky "white" minded now, their objective is to get rid of a "black" President with a "wrong" birth certificate. So why elect another "black" person, even if she is fully suited for the job. My feeling is indeed racism will play a big role in this case.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The right wing Breitbart website jumped on her nomination claiming she represented the Clintons during the Whitewater hearings. This, of course, enraged many of their viewers as intended. The problem was, however, that they got the wrong Loretta Lynch and were called out for it. So they issued a correction.

    Take a look at their "correction". Ha!

    TPM: Breitbart Issues Best Correction Since Forever

    Best not get their base thinking that they made a mistake. In the right wing blogosphere this bit of false information issued by Breitbart is now "fact".

    That's the way it goes. What's next...a Senator quoting Brietbart in the confirmation hearings?
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: Take a look at their "correction". Ha!
    This is classic! I love how they just replaced the picture and then wrote one sentence at the bottom saying that the entire story was about someone else. Whoops!

    Could you imagine the conservative uproar if a liberal publication did something like this? Fox News would devote hours of airtime lambasting the 'liberal' media and the shameful lengths they go to. What happens when a conservative publication does it though? Crickets...
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    It took six months, but the Republican circus finally ended today.

    The Senate voted to confirm Ms. Lynch as our next Attorney General by a vote of 56-43.
  • Liberal
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    Unfortunately, she may be well qualified but a very bad choice. Look up her bio, ahe's very much against what most of us here believe.
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    pr Wrote: Unfortunately, she may be well qualified but a very bad choice. Look up her bio, ahe's very much against what most of us here believe.
    Have you got a copy of her "bio"; pls copy it here; "us here believe" ? I don't "believe"; I like "facts"
  • Liberal
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    Sorry Dutch, I'm too busy choking the chicken behind the barn right now but you can find it:-P
  • Liberal
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    The chicken died so here is a link to start with

    www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/loretta-lynch-marijuana_n_6565962.html

    if you search around you will see how she supports Wall St over everyone else. Don't they all, you say? Yes, but that doesn't mean her shit doesn't stink, she is no better than the rest of them!
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    pr Wrote: The chicken died so here is a link to start with

    www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/loretta-lynch-marijuana_n_6565962.html

    if you search around you will see how she supports Wall St over everyone else. Don't they all, you say? Yes, but that doesn't mean her shit doesn't stink, she is no better than the rest of them!
    Wow, ha ha ha ha ha; I died laughing about the chicken; anyway I've got to go find my own chicken to cook . What a world pls help me!!!