Does New Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Have the Perfect Résumé to Sabotage a Federal Agency?

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    <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/2/17/does_new_labor_secretary_nominee_alex"><img alt="S5_acosta" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/40/35240/w320/S5_Acosta.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>President Trump has named longtime Republican lawyer Alex Acosta to be his new nominee to head the Labor Department after his first pick, fast-food <span class="caps">CEO</span> Andrew Puzder, withdrew Wednesday. We look at Acosta&#8217;s record with Alan Pyke, an editor with ThinkProgress, who argues Trump&#8217;s backup choice &quot;has skeletons in his closet, too.&quot; Acosta has drawn scrutiny for his time as a division leader at the Department of Justice&#8217;s Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, where he oversaw a senior official who hired conservative lawyers who were actively opposed to the division&#8217;s mission, including the prosecution of voting rights violations and police abuse. In 2004, he played a key role in Bush&#8217;s final push to win the state of Ohio by backing Republican election officials accused of seeking to suppress voter turnout among blacks and Latinos.
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