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McCain Looks to Defuse 'Nuclear' Threat

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McCain and Rubio disagree over how hard the GOP should push debt limit restrictions when allowing the appointment of budget agreement conferees.

“It’s an unfair attack on two dedicated servicemembers,” Harkin said. “I hope we can all put politics aside and give all five nominees the fair consideration they deserve.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the only Republican to back the contested appointees, Sharon Block and Richard F. Griffin Jr.

Elham Khatami and Meredith Shiner contributed to this report.

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