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Holder Departing as Obama Faces Tougher Road in Congress

Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation leaves President Barack Obama trying to replace one of his most trusted confidants in a critical job at a time when his dealings with Congress are bound to become more difficult.

The nations’ first black attorney general absorbed political heat for Obama on divisive issues, whether it was justifying drone strikes on U.S. citizens, challenging voter identification laws or defending same-sex marriage.