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November 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Right after the nuclear option was invoked to get nominees through the Senate on a simple majority instead of 60-vote cloture threshold, President Obama flooded the Senate with nominees.

This includes two U.S. attorneys and two judges for the superior court in D.C.:

Andrew Mark Luger, of Minnesota, to be United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota for the term of four years, vice B. Todd Jones, term expired.

Damon Paul Martinez, of New Mexico, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico for the term of four years, vice Kenneth J. Gonzales, resigned.

Sherry Moore Trafford, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice Natalia Combs Greene, retired.

Steven M. Wellner, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years, vice Kaye K. Christian, retired.

Brad R. Carson, of Oklahoma, to be Under Secretary of the Army, vice Joseph W. Westphal.

Maureen Elizabeth Cormack, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Richard A. Kennedy, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a term expiring May 30, 2016, vice William Cobey, term expired.

Leslie Berger Kiernan, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador.

Leslie Berger Kiernan, of Maryland, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.

Heather L. MacDougall, of Florida, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2017, vice Horace A. Thompson, term expired.

David Radzanowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Chief Financial Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Elizabeth M. Robinson.

John Roth, of Michigan, to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, vice Richard L. Skinner, resigned.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The neo-communists are about to go full throttle to place as many rigid, radical ideologues in place as possible prior to 2014 because they know they are toast.....evidently, they have no faith in their "friends" across the aisle (McCain-McConnell-Graham-et al) to effectively squash the conservatives and TEA Party types actively opposing their communist agenda. NOW is when a true conservative LEADER needs to appear....NOW is the time for all TRUE conservatives to unite and fight for the American people. Hey Boehner, you think an appropriate response might be to finally allow that SELECT COMMITTEE to investigate BENGHAZI??? For the love of Pete - GROW SOME DAMN BALLS AND FIGHT, DAMMIT!

Remember BENGHAZI!
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my neighbor's step-aunt makes $61 hourly on the computer. She has been without a job for 7 months but last month her check was $15084 just working on the computer for a few hours. pop over here....... http://www.Bay95.com
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It would certainly be a good thing were the Republican Senators to take the opportunity of confirmation hearings (there will still be that trivial formality to be gone through) to ask the tough questions of the nominees that in a non-nuclear age would be regarded as too confrontational to be in concord with senatorial niceties.
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These changes are long overdue. The GOP has made Obama dance and jive for every single candidate in his cabinet since day one. These deadbeat office-holders need to get to work fixing America instead of playing games. Is the sole purpose of the Republican Party to bamboozle Obama? http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html
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stop spouting liberal talking points. and stop with your situational ethics


Do you not remember Harry Reid speaking against this option because of the harm it would do.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/17/AR2005051701425.html

But Democrats contend that the Republicans are essentially breaking the rules to change the rules. "If there were ever an example of an abuse of power, this is it," said Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). "The filibuster is the last check we have against the abuse of power in Washington.


- http://www.mediaite.com/online/harry-reid-railed-against-nuclear-option-in-2005-he-embraces-in-2013/

“The threat to change Senate rules is a raw abuse of power and will destroy the very checks and balances our founding fathers put in place to prevent absolute power by any one branch of government,” Reid said at the time.

and when you have the majority changing the rules, you have no rules. you are on the road to anarchy.

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Propaganda! The gop has this quaint idea that they should approve the presidential nominees because that's the will of the people who put him there. They (the gop) have approved over 200 nominees and blocked only 2.

This is a power grab plain and simple. I imagine this really is the end of the United States of America. If it comes to a head in war - well you only need to look in the mirror to know why.
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The "art" community chimes in with some ignorant drivel. Stick to smearing yourself with chocolate or whatever you do. We're not living in an oligarchy despite what you leftist tools hunger for.
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Democracies and Republics have political oppositions which represent much of their populations. If you wish that honest opposition to the party temporarily in power be snuffed out, and the rights and aspirations of their constituents brutally run over with reckless disregard, you'd better start wondering how the country will treat you when you're on the outs of power.
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Unless they're setting the table to never be on the 'outs'....oh, how conspiratorial of me....

Remember BENHAZI!
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Ah, vice = in the place of. Is this standard DC/federal government language?
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The neo-communists are about to go full throttle to place as many rigid, radical ideologues in place as possible prior to 2014 because they know they are toast.....evidently, they have no faith in their "friends" across the aisle (McCain-McConnell-Graham-et al) to effectively squash the conservatives and TEA Party types actively opposing their communist agenda. NOW is when a true conservative LEADER needs to appear....NOW is the time for all TRUE conservatives to unite and fight for the American people. Hey Boehner, you think an appropriate response might be to finally allow that SELECT COMMITTEE to investigate BENGHAZI??? For the love of Pete - GROW SOME DAMN BALLS AND FIGHT, DAMMIT!

Remember BENGHAZI!
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