Obama Nominees

The Unified Cruz Blame Theory Goes Up in Flames

Leon H. Wolf, Red State

Fact: The Cruz-Lee point of order bought Reid 10 hours worth of floor time on Sat. There's no way Reid would've let over 24 important nominees just die for the sake of going home Tues. instead of Weds. or Thurs. Stop blaming Cruz.

Senate Confirms Surgeon Gen. Despite Objection of NRA

Sarah Ferris, The Hill

Dr. Vivek Murthy was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor despite opposition from the GOP for his support of gun control & ObamaCare. Three Dems voted against him, while Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was the only Repub. to vote in favor.

McConnell, Reid Aim to Make Deal

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell want to craft a lame-duck agreement that allows his party to claim some victory. Reid & McConnell may agree to move a bloc of noncontroversial nominees. But any Dem. bundlers or other political patrons Obama wants to reward will get blocked.

Obama DHS Nom Thumbs Nose at Senate

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Jeh Johnson, Obama's choice for Secretary of Homeland Security, was confirmed 78 to 16. Reid's nuclear option move allowed Johnson to sail through without a single Republican vote. 

Graham Threatens O on Benghazi

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

Lindsey Graham said he'll “hold” all future Obama nominees until Obama and the State Dept. allow Congress to hear from those who were on the ground during the Benghazi terrorist attack.

GOP Boycotts Homeland Nom Hearing

Associated Press Staff

Coburn is blocking the hearing for DHS’s #2 nom who's being investigated for getting a foreign visa for a corp.

Nuclear Option Evaded? NLRB Noms Out

Burgess Everett, John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, Politico

Senators have tentatively agreed to retain the filibuster if two NLRB nominees are replaced and voted upon.