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McCain Releases Hold on DNI Nominee James Clapper

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) released his hold today on President Obama's nominee for Director of National Intelligence, retired Gen. James Clapper, after receiving a report he requested.

"This report confirms Senator McCain's longstanding concerns about the poor oversight and cost overruns in intelligence technology programs," McCain's spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said in a statement.

McCain's office has declined to specify what the report was about, but CBS News Chief Political Consultant Marc Ambinder reports it relates to a top secret satellite program.

Last week, the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approved Clapper's nomination, and his confirmation is expected to move easily through the full Senate. McCain's hold threatened to delay Clapper's confirmation.

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