Senate

Senate Deal Averts Potential Nomination Fiasco

Democrats and Republicans avoid fight over Senate rules

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WASHINGTON (AP)—A bipartisan Senate pact has smoothed the confirmation path for a batch of President Barack Obama's nominations and removed, for now, a Democratic threat to impose procedural changes weakening minority Republicans' clout. Yet there are no guarantees that the conflict won't flare anew the next time a White House appointment stirs controversy.