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Holder Nomination Hearing Today Could Be A Long One

Today’s hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider the nomination of Eric Holder to be attorney general could be a long one.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is strongly backing Holder’s nomination, intends to keep the committee in as late as possible today in an attempt to make sure Holder doesn’t have to come back on Friday. "Did you bring your dinner?" joked one Obama transition official.

But Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking member on Judiciary, said before the hearing that he wants Holder for two days.

Leahy will open the hearing, and Specter may be asked to make a statement then.

Former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will then make opening statements in support of Holder, and then the nominee will make his own statement, which Democrats described as a "real tearjerker." It will include references to Holder's late sister-in-law, who was prevented from attending school in Alabama  by George Wallace.

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