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Leavitt Advances

After an initial delay, the Senate Environment Committee has now approved Utah Governor Mike Leavitt’s nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 16-2. (Sens. Clinton and Lieberman voted no.) Senator Jeffords siad the vote was allowed “out of respect for Governor Leavitt,” according to this report. Yet several Senate Democrats — including all those running for President — say they will block confirmation by the full Senate. (For more, see my column from last week.)

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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