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As Senate Confirms More Career Diplomats, Fate of Obama's Political Nominees Remains Uncertain

The lame-duck Senate confirmed 21 of Obama's long-waiting diplomatic nominees this week but avoided voting on the president's more controversial choices. With a majority of the career foreign service nominees approved to ship overseas, the question now becomes what will happen to more than a dozen more contentious candidates, several of whom have been waiting for more than a year.

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