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President Obama is praising Attorney General Eric Holder as Holder prepares to exit.  In a statement at the White House, the President called the occasion bittersweet.  Holder is stepping down after nearly six years in office.  Obama said Holder has made his mark in a wide range of areas, from civil rights and financial fraud to fighting organized crime.  

Holder is the nation's first black attorney general and one of the longest-serving members of the President's Cabinet.  He is expected to remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.  That could take some time as control of the Senate is seen as a toss up in November's midterm elections.   

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