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Contentious Obama Judicial Pick David Barron Clears Key Senate Hurdle

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Barron, a former Obama Justice Department official, has come under fire for writing memos that provided legal justification for the administration's targeted killing program. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke publicly on Wednesday against the nomination.

Unless some senators who supported "cloture" on his nomination change their minds, Barron will be confirmed when he comes up for a final vote.