White House On Mukasey Confirmation: Not "Ready To Declare It DOA"

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Prospects for Michael Mukasey's confirmation as the nation's 81st attorney general dimmed Wednesday after he again refused to equate waterboarding with torture and endorsed many of President Bush's positions on executive power.

Even his chief Democratic patron, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, refused to say whether he would vote for Mukasey during the Judiciary Committee's consideration of the nomination.