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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and GOP leaders talk to reporters Tuesday after the Senate stepped back from the brink of a political meltdown, clearing the way for confirmation of one of President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominations, at the Capitol in Washington. At far left is Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

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Senate steps back from brink in nominations fight

The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, confirming one of President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominees, agreeing to quick action on others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn historic rules that protect minority-party rights.

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