The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation's first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama's final 21 months in office.
Lynch was confirmed in a 56-43 vote, following weeks of gridlock after her confirmation process was dragged into a partisan battle over abortion.
She replaces outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Republicans had criticized as being a rubber stamp for Obama policies.
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