Obama Recess Appoints Deputy Attorney General and Four Ambassadors

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Dec. 29 2010 4:52 PM

Obama Recess Appoints Deputy Attorney General and Four Ambassadors

The White House has just announced recess appointments of six people who'd been held up by Senate filibusters or holds. The two controversial moves: new Deputy U.S. Attorney General James M. Cole and new Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. Republicans had lit into Cole over a 2002

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for terrorist trials in civilian courts; they opposed Ford simply because we

since 2005, and giving the country one was seen as a bestowing of legitimacy that the country doesn't deserve.


David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.