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Names: Lots of people confirmed

Just before heading out of town, the Senate confirmed dozens of Obama administration appointments, including a host of ambassadors and several top officials at Foggy Bottom. Among the newly confirmed appointees are Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for ...

Just before heading out of town, the Senate confirmed dozens of Obama administration appointments, including a host of ambassadors and several top officials at Foggy Bottom.

Among the newly confirmed appointees are Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Claire Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Frederick Barton, and Director General of the Foreign Service Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

The Senate also confirmed new U.S. ambassadors to the Togolese Republic, Barbados, Cambodia, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Haiti, India, Kosovo, Latvia, Libya, Malta, Nicaragua, Panama, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

Other notable administration officials confirmed include Rebecca Blank as deputy secretary of commerce, Mary John Miller as undersecretary of the Treasury, Alastair Fitzpayne as deputy undersecretary of the Treasury, Elizabeth Cousens as U.S. representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and Earl Gast as assistant administrator of USAID for Africa.

The Senate also passed by unanimous consent a group of foreign policy-related resolutions, including a resolution expressing support for the people of Tibet, a resolution condemning violence by the government of Syria against journalists, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the NATO summit to be held in Chicago, and a resolution promoting peace and stability in Sudan.

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