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White House to Congressional Black Caucus: Obama's judicial nominees are diverse enough

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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus believe that President Obama's judicial nominees represent "an appalling lack of diversity," but the top White House spokesman dismissed that accusation.

"The president's commitment here and the approach he takes is fairly clear," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters when asked during the press briefing about the CBC's objection to his latest nominations within the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The president has had more African-American women confirmed to the federal court than any president in history," he noted, adding that he has appointed several black judges within the 11th Circuit, which covers Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington, D.C., faulted Obama for “the appalling lack of African-American representation” in his nominations slate.

"This is a caucus-wide concern," she told The Hill.

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