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Bolton vote stalled in Senate committee

[JURIST] The Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] remained stalled Tuesday afternoon on a confirmation vote for US ambassador to the UN nominee John R. Bolton [official profile]. Republicans continued to move toward a vote on the nomination despite attempts by Democrats to delay the final decision. Republicans control the committee by a 10-8 margin, and voting appeared likely to proceed along party lines. Bolton has been heavily criticized by Democrats on the committee for his management style and alleged harassment of lower-level officials. However, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Tuesday [press briefing transcript] that President Bush has had no second thoughts [AP report] about Bolton's nomination. Bloomberg has more.

5:32 PM ET - A final committee vote on Bolton's nomination was postponed [AP report] late Tuesday, as committee members agreed to take a closer look at certain allegations against him.

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