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Reid, McConnell clash harshly over nominations

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Triggering an unusually personal clash, Democrats threatened Thursday to change Senate rules unilaterally if Republicans block yes-or-no votes on several of President Barack Obama's top-level nominees, including some long in confirmation limbo. A series of showdown votes was set for next week on seven appointees. But in classic Senate fashion, as the rhetoric grew more...

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