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Filibuster delays CIA nominee vote

WASHINGTON — Almost 13 hours after declaring, ‘‘I will speak until I can no longer speak,’’ Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky finally relented early Thursday and ended his self-described filibuster blocking confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead the CIA.

Paul, a Tea Party favorite and a Republican critic of Obama’s drone policy, began speaking just before noon by demanding the president or Attorney General Eric Holder issue a statement assuring that the unmanned weapons would not be used in the United States to kill terrorism suspects who are US citizens.

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