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    Obama's Choice To Head Consumer Protection Agency Blocked

    A vote to move forward on the nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to run the new federal consumer protection agency fell seven votes short in the Senate this morning. Republicans banded together to make sure there weren't the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and move on to a vote on the nomination itself.

    The GOP senators, as NPR's Andrea Seabrook has reported, say the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been made too strong. They "want to change the way the protection bureau would work," Andrea reported. "Instead of one director, they want a board to oversee it, and they're ready to filibuster if they don't get their way."

    President Obama just said that the bureau is part of an effort to "ensure that there's fair play out there."

    "Consumers across the country understand that part of the reason we got into the financial mess we did was because regulators were not doing their jobs," the president said. "There is no reason Mr. Cordray should not be confirmed."

    The president vowed that "we are going to keep on pushing on this issue."

    Update at 11:50 a.m. ET. Recess Appointment Possible:

    Asked if he might use a "recess appointment" to put Cordray in the job while Congress is off for its holiday break, the president said he would not take such an option off the table.

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    Your Turn: Sexual Assault, Nate Parker And More

    Director Nate Parker's college rape case is resurfacing and putting off would-be fans of his highly anticipated film "The Birth of a Nation." What do Washingtonians think?

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    Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

    Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.
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    Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan And His Visit To Mexico

    Donald Trump lays out a plan for immigration after a meeting with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto. An update on the Republican presidential nominee’s proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and trade.

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    Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

    Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

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