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John McCain lifts threat to block Martin Dempsey confirmation

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Sen. John McCain announced Tuesday that he was dropping his threat to block the confirmation of Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “I’m not holding his nomination,” said McCain, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Dempsey has been nominated to serve a second two-year term as chairman. On Monday, Dempsey wrote to McCain and Sen. Carl...