Senate Blocks Obama’s Pick for Civil Rights Division

The U.S. Senate today rejected Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nomination for Department of Justice assistant attorney general, PBS NewsHour reports. In a 47-52 vote, seven Democrats joined Republicans against Adegbile, who currently serves as Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Obama called the Senate’s block a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”