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Speaking of that inefficient Senate...

Sen. John McCain (R) has placed a "hold" on the nomination of James Clapper to be Director of National Intelligence.

"McCain requested a specific report from Mr. Clapper, and until that report is provided, Sen. McCain will continue to hold his nomination," said his spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan. His office declined to specify the nature of the report.

Clapper's nomination was passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee with unanimous support last week.

The "hold" doesn't necessarily doom the nomination. It has the effect of a filibuster, which will require 60 votes to break it. More than likely it means any vote on Clapper's nomination won't come until at least September -- after Congress returns from its summer recess.