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Nomination process slow on Senate floor
WASHINGTON (AP) - The logjam of White House appointees awaiting Senate confirmation appears to be moving. Senators voted 71-29 this morning to clear the way for eventual confirmation of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans have been blocking the nomination, prompting President Barack Obama to install Cordray during a Senate recess. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has threatened to change the rules on filibusters if Republicans don't budge on the president's picks.