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Obama could do himself a big favor by picking this fight with Republicans

Thomas 'Tom' Perez, U.S. secretary of labor, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Thomas 'Tom' Perez, U.S. secretary of labor, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has 'got his head in the sand' when it comes to the plight of minimum-wage earners in his state, Perez said. Photographer: David Banks/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The chatter in Washington is that Obama will announce his pick to replace the outgoing Eric Holder soon after Election Day, and Perez is on the WHite House’s short list. Based on his resumé, Perez, who is now secretary of labor, is a reasonable choice. He’s also one of the administration’s most stalwart progressives.

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