The president said he was forced to make the appointment now, during the current Congressional recess, if the consumer protection agency was to function.
Overturning corporate personhood is a key legislative goal of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
For all the fights between the candidates, on basic economic issues the two frontrunners are essentially united.
The Justice Department says it is looking carefully at the voter suppression laws put through by Republican lawmakers all over the country.
Elizabeth Warren's campaign to defeat tea-party darling Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., has surged to frontrunner status.
As thousands of civil rights and labor groups marched in New York City against Koch brothers funded and GOP-led efforts to suppress voting rights, the U.S. Senate scheduled January hearings on the issue.
They came in the thousands to let the forces of reaction know that their voting rights - rights that were fought and died for - will not be taken away.
They came to celebrate election victories in Ohio and across the country, the surging recall campaign in Wisconsin and the spreading Occupy movement.
A national day of action has been set for December 10, International Human Rights Day. The nationwide protests have been called by a new coalition, the Stand for Freedom campaign.
Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, a skilled organizer and one of the most influential Hispanic Americans in the labor movement, predicts Latino voters will have heightened activism in next year's election.