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06/20/05

John Bolton was shot down in flames this evening -- or was he? Republicans in the Senate today moved to proceed with an up-or-down vote on John Bolton's nomination to become ambassador to the United Nations. Such a motion would require 60 votes. It attracted only 54—two fewer than last month, when a similar cloture vote was held. (On May 26, the vote was 56-42. Today's was 54-38.) So that's the end, right? After three and a half months of heated debate over the most controversial nominee to this slot in history (just two other nominees have failed to win unanimous confirmation), is Bolton's bid dead in the water? Under ordinary circumstances, it would be. But there has never been anything ordinary about this drama. Rumblings from the White House suggest that President George W. Bush may push Bolton in anyway, through a procedure known as 'recess appointment'...

//www.slate.com/id/2121207/

from Slate, by Fred Kaplan


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