Richard Shelby Releases His Stranglehold on the Federal Government

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After five days, the Great Cotton State Cockblock of '10 has finally come to an end. Last night, Alabama senator Richard Shelby decided to release his vicelike grip on all but three of President Obama's more than 70 federal appointees awaiting confirmation, having achieved his goal of "get[ting] the White House's attention." But like a child who throws a tantrum in the aisles of a supermarket, Shelby hasn't convinced mommy to buy him Fruit Roll-Ups, as the White House says it hasn't agreed to any of Shelby's demands. [44/WP]