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 KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster Poll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser 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 MarkeyOvernight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes Dems introduce bill to ban low-yield nukes Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (D-Mass.) the chairmanship of the foreign aid subpanel.

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