Obama to nominate a labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez today as the next labor secretary.

If confirmed by the Senate, the 51-year-old son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic would take over the Labor Department as Obama undertakes several worker-oriented initiatives, including an overhaul of immigration laws and an increase in the minimum wage.

Some Republican opposition is expected.

A newly released report by the Justice Department's inspector general says Perez gave incomplete testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights when he said the department's political leadership was not involved in the decision to dismiss three defendants in a lawsuit the Bush administration brought against the New Black Panther Party.

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