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Obama picks Perez to lead U.S. Labor Department
Obama picks Perez to lead U.S. Labor Department

Senate Republicans criticized the nomination Monday of former state labor secretary Thomas E. Perez to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, signaling the longtime civil rights lawyer will face a contentious confirmation over his approach to the law and his record on immigration. Perez, the top civil rights attorney in the Justice Department, was nominated by President Barack Obama at a White House event that drew a host of supporters, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka and the Rev. Al Sharpton. The 51-year-old Takoma Park resident, a former board member of the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, won immediate praise from Democrats and organized labor,...

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