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Nov. 7, 2014

Washington Post: The one Obama nominee that Republicans can get behind, by Brian Fung

This article appeared in the Washington Post on November 7, 2014.

With the Senate now belonging to Republicans, the GOP will have more power than ever to block President Obama’s political appointees in the next Congress. Conservatives have already shown themselves eager to delay judicial appointments and other nominees to try to force concessions from the White House on legislation. Now that problem is poised to become even worse. As the Atlantic’s David Graham put it, “It’s easy to imagine that a GOP-controlled Senate would be a place for Obama appointments to go to die.”

But here’s one nominee who will probably escape that fate: Michelle Lee, Obama’s pick to head up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.