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The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the green light on Tuesday for Judge Michael Mukasey’s nomination to be attorney general to move forward. [IMGCAP(1)]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — who opposes Mukasey — said the full chamber would vote on the nomination before it leaves town for Thanksgiving recess. Despite the opposition of Reid and many other Democrats, Mukasey is likely to be confirmed.

The Judiciary Committee approved the nomination, 11 to 8, with two Democrats breaking with their party to support the nominee — Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.).

Democrats have been bashing Mukasey for giving a fuzzy answer about whether waterboarding constitutes torture.

“I don’t believe that Judge Mukasey should be denied confirmation for failing to provide an absolute answer on that subject,” Feinstein said.

For that, she was attacked by protesters from the group CODEPINK who held signs such as “United We Torture.”

“Shame on you, Senator,” one gray-bearded heckler yelled at Feinstein before being booted from the room. “I’m from California!”

Criticism Wanted. The Election Assistance Commission is looking for feedback on its initial round of recommendations for installing new voting systems in all 50 states.

The state guidelines, which are slated to go through two agency revisions, will be voluntary and will replace policies that the EAC put out two years ago. The EAC draft and an online comment tool are available at

— Rachel Van Dongen and Matthew Murray

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