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Tom Coburn blocks Dana Perino

That's one of the repercussions of Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) decision to deny Democrats votes on 108 stalled nominees today. One of the blocked nominees: former White House press secretary Dana Perino, picked for the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

This isn't a new Coburn hold, but it defies the theory -- proffered by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- that Republicans can be "shamed" into giving up their objections.

By David Weigel  |  May 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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