Senate pulls all-nighter over Obama nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The
Senate is churning through a round-the-clock session over President
Barack Obama's nominees, the latest chapter in the chamber's saga of
partisan warfare.

Fuming over the Democrats' new limits on
filibusters, Republicans are refusing to give up debate time over 11
nominations that Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to muscle through
this week. So Reid has set the Senate in continuous session through
Saturday, unless Republicans relent. There was no sign of that
happening.

Early Thursday, the Senate confirmed the first of those
nominees, voting 51-44 to confirm Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the
influential D.C. Circuit Court.

The Senate also is slated to
consider Jeh Johnson, Obama's pick to head the Homeland Security
Department. The nominations don't appear to be in jeopardy despite the
infighting.