Liberal groups call for Warren recess appointment

Liberal groups rallied around Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday and renewed calls for her to lead the fledgling consumer watchdog agency, a day after she was accused of lying in a contentious congressional hearing.

An online petition circulated by the Campaign for America’s Future asking the White House to appoint her while the Senate is in recess garnered 20,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon. A similar effort from Progressive Change Campaign Committee signed up 10,000 people an hour in the first five hours, organizers said, and won support from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

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