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Senate rejects Obama nominations as fight over White House authority amps up

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Senate Republicans led a successful charge Thursday to reject two key White House nominees, ramping up a longstanding feud over nominations between President Obama and the GOP. Rep. Mel Watt's nomination to head the federal agency that oversees mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fell three votes short of the 60 needed to cut off debate, with the tally falling mostly along party lines....

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