06/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dawn Johnsen: Why Obama Backed Down On Yearlong Nomination

Late on April 9, amid a flurry of news over the retirements of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Congressman Bart Stupak, the White House quietly backed down from a yearlong battle with Republicans, announcing that Dawn Johnsen, President Obama's pick to lead the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, had withdrawn her nomination. The timing, some observers noted, was not accidental.

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