Senate poised for talkathon over Obama nominees


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised for an all-night talkathon over President Barack Obama's nominees, as embittered and outnumbered Republicans paid back majority Democrats for limiting the GOP's power in the chamber.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was holding the Senate in session through the night Wednesday to deal with the nominations. Reid said that unless Republicans give up debate time, the Senate will be in session continuously into Saturday.

There was no immediate sign the GOP would relent after Democrats limited their ability to filibuster Obama's nominees.

Up first is an overnight vote on whether to confirm Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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