Senate ready to approve Obama's nominee for UN

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are ready to approve President Barack Obama's pick for the next ambassador to the United Nations.

Thursday's vote to confirm Samantha Power is likely to be anticlimactic compared with the Senate's marathon roll call Wednesday.

It took five hours for a vote ending Republican roadblocks against B. Todd Jones' nomination to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Senate sat virtually empty for most of that time, waiting for North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to fly back from her home state and cast the decisive 60th vote to halt the GOP blockade.

Jones' nail-biting approval kept alive the Senate's bipartisan spirit over the past several weeks, in which Republicans have allowed votes on several top Obama nominees.

Power would replace Ambassador Susan Rice.

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