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Dems clear way for Senate OK of Obama housing pick

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have used the Senate's newly eased filibuster procedures to clear the way for confirmation of the man President Barack Obama wants to become a top housing regulator. The Senate voted 57-40 on Tuesday to end a Republican filibuster, or delaying tactics, against Rep. Mel Watt. Until Democrats forced through changes last month, it took 60 votes to end filibusters — a...

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