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Senate committee hits deadlock on Biden nomination for embassy in Brazil

Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a longtime donor of the Democratic Party, failed to get a majority in the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee

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Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a longtime donor of the Democratic Party, failed to get a majority in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: CSPAN

The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations was split 11-11 on Thursday on whether to confirm Elizabeth Frawley Bagley as the country’s ambassador to Brazil.

Ms. Bagley was considered a slam-dunk appointment, but she began to face fierce opposition from the Republican Jewish Coalition after remarks she made in a 1998 interview. Ms. Bagley spoke about the “major money” and influence of the “Jewish lobby” in politics.

During Ms. Bagley’s confirmation hearing last month, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland said her comments “fit into the traditional tropes of antisemitism.” Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey also raised concerns...

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