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Time for Senate to end the theatrics and do its job on nominations
Time for Senate to end the theatrics and do its job on nominations

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. attorney general. Soon after, the Armed Services Committee will take up the nomination of Ashton Carter to be secretary of Defense. These nominations — and others that will follow — will be a test of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s promise to restore what he calls “regular order” to the proceedings of that body. The Senate’s power to advise and consent on presidential appointments is an important power, but in recent years senators of both parties have abused that authority to score political points at the expense of...

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