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The dove of peace had barely lit on the halls of Congress this week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., chased it away with down-the-party-lines National Labor Relations Board nomination gambit.

Reid moved to limit debate on the controversial request to name Richard F. Griffin Jr. as NLRB general counsel. Griffin was a player in an earlier NLRB drama in which President Obama tried to sneak him and a couple other nominees onto the board by claiming them as recess appointments. Griffin’s name was subsequently withdrawn in a compromise with the GOP. Then, last month, his name bubbled up for the vacant spot of general counsel.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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