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  • New ATF chief considered giving up the fight during bruising confirmation process

    Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune|Sep 23, 2013

    Last month, in a ceremony presided over by Vice President Joe Biden, B. Todd Jones became the first permanent director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in six years. It was an occasion some thought might never happen. Under withering attack during the nomination fight, Jones considered throwing in the towel. The ATF, of which he was acting director, was caught in political crossfire over gun control. And there were personal attacks on Jones, both in his role at...