Feb 9, 2017

Jeff Sessions confirmed as attorney general

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The final vote was 52-47, with Joe Manchin as the only Democrat to vote "yay" for Jeff Sessions. This comes after a vigorous debate on the floor among Senators that led to the vote that silenced Liz Warren for impugning a fellow Senator.

Why this matters: Sessions will head up the DOJ as attorney general, which is set to defend Trump's travel ban.

His likely replacement: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, per Politico.

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