Senate panel clears 14 ambassador nominations

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Tuesday's en-bloc approval aims to get the nominees confirmed by the Senate this week before the August recess so the new ambassadors can enroll their children in school and otherwise prepare for the coming year in their new posts.

Separately, the panel confirmed Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineGraham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race MORE (D-Va.) as chairman of the subpanel on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, while officially giving new member Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D-Mass.) the chairmanship of the foreign aid subpanel.

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