"We are not on some fishing expedition here at all to derail the Bolton nomination," Sen. Christopher Dodd, with his customary half-smile in place, told the Senate Thursday afternoon. But that is exactly what the crafty Democrat is doing --with success so far. He has maneuvered John R. Bolton's confirmation to be U.S. ambassador into desperate straits.
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