Trump’s Last Labor Secretary Nominee Went Down in Flames. Here’s How His New One Stacks Up.

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Lawyer and law-school dean Alex Acosta, President Donald Trump’s second choice to head the Department of Labor, doesn’t carry the epic baggage of Andrew Puzder, the burger magnate who dropped out of consideration for the post amid allegations of spousal abuse. Unlike Puzder, Acosta has never publicly thundered against raising the minimum wage; nor does he run a fast-food chain with disaffected former workers willing to complain to Congress.

Acosta has drawn fire for his stint during the George W. Bush’s Justice Department as assistant attorney general at the Civil Rights Division from 2003 to 2005, when he presided over a scandal involving an underling who hired staffers ideologically hostile to the division’s mission. My colleague Edwin Rios has the