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  • ** FILE ** B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

    Senate approves Jones as permanent ATF director

    After the intense lobbying of one senator and an hourslong wait for another to fly in from North Dakota, the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm B. Todd Jones as permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, fulfilling a major priority for President Obama in his response to the Connecticut school shootings.

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    Senate panel approves ATF nominee B. Todd Jones on party-line vote

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  • B. Todd Jones, nominated to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, faces a claim that he retaliated against a whistleblower. (Associated Press)

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  • B. Todd Jones, President Obama's nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was conducting his nomination hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Justice Department rarely prosecutes 'straw buyers,' ATF nominee Todd Jones says

    U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, President Obama's choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told a Senate committee on Tuesday the arrest of "straw buyers" — those who falsely buy guns for others, mostly criminals — was a top Justice Department priority but the department rarely prosecutes the cases "due to limited resources."

  • White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blamed congressional Republicans for the long holdup in appointing a permanent director of ATF. (Associated Press)

    White House presses GOP to confirm ATF chief; Grassley says more answers needed

    The White House and former law enforcement officials on Monday urged the swift confirmation of B. Todd Jones to be the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), renewing a largely dormant battle over gun control six months after December's school shootings in Connecticut.

  • U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, acknowledged that the ATF is facing difficult times in the wake of the "Fast and Furious" operation. (Associated Press)

    Acting ATF chief 'refocusing' on 'core mission' of bureau

    The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, whose former leadership has been criticized or reassigned over the "Fast and Furious" operation, announced key staff changes Wednesday aimed at "refocusing the bureaus direction on its core mission."

  • A group of men stand outside the building at 811 E. Main St. in El Cajon, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011. The community club listed on the marquee is the location mentioned in criminal charges where various law enforcement agents purchased narcotics, firearms, and explosive devices in Operation Shadow Box. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Amid 'Fast and Furious' weapons controversy, ATF gets new acting director

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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

    ATF replaces director amid weapons probe

    Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who was caught this year in a firestorm over the "Fast and Furious" undercover gun investigation, was reassigned Tuesday and will be replaced by U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones of Minnesota.

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