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November 7th, 2014
11:47 AM ET

In pick for Attorney General, Obama goes outside his team

(CNN) – President Barack Obama made his first big decision following this week's bruising midterm election.

Obama is expected to nominate Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, for Attorney General, U.S. officials briefed on the matter told CNN.

Solicitor General Don Verrilli and the Secretary of Labor Tom Perez were other contenders for the job. The fact that Obama reached outside his team and is anticipated to pick Lynch signals the President is reaching outside his comfort zone.

CNN's Jake Tapper breaks down the significance of Obama's decision in the video above.

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