Loretta Lynch is the first African-American woman to become U.S. attorney general after the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm her nomination on Thursday. Lynch was nominated by President Obama some five months ago, but a vote on her confirmation was held up amid seemingly endless partisan bickering over a abortion language in an unrelated bill. The delay was approaching historic proportions prior to Thursday’s vote. In the end, though, 10 Republicans crossed party lines and voted with Democrats to give Lynch, a two-time U.S. attorney from New York, the nod. Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz was the only member of the senate to abstain from voting on Lynch’s nomination.
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