Michael Mukasey confirmed as attorney general
(CNN) -- After weeks of controversy over Michael Mukasey's views on waterboarding, the Senate late Thursday approved the former judge's nomination for attorney general by a 53-40 vote.
President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace longtime ally Alberto Gonzales, who resigned in September.
Background on Orthodox Judaic Mukasey and his adherance to the rabbinic Kol Nidre tradition of deceit here:
Bush Nominates Kol Nidre Upholding Talmudist for U.S. Attorney General