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  Tom Cotton: Today's worst person in the world
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Last EditedRP  Jun 07, 2016 04:06pm
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AuthorMax Brantley
MediaNewspaper - Arkansas Times
News DateTuesday, June 7, 2016 12:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThis is the story of Cassandra Butts, a lovely and accomplished woman who was to be rewarded for her career and her friendship with President Obama with an ambassadorship to the Bahamas.

She was nominated. A confirmation hearing was held. The Senate did not act. In the end, the villain was our junior senator, Tom Cotton. She died, after more than 830 days of waiting to be confirmed — the extended delay the result of malevolent gamesmanship by Cotton, whose background as a Sand Lizard seems never more fitting. Here's Bruni's account of our senator's role in the outrage:

Cotton eventually released the two other holds, but not the one on Butts. She told me that she once went to see him about it, and he explained that he knew that she was a close friend of Obama’s — the two first encountered each other on a line for financial-aid forms at Harvard Law School, where they were classmates — and that blocking her was a way to inflict special pain on the president.
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