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Senate Republicans block Obama picks for judge, housing posts

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP’s ability to derail nominations.

‘‘Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation,’’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after the votes.

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