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Filling seats: Ambassador, interior and defense

The Senate continued its slow trickle of confirmations Thursday afternoon before leaving town, filling one ambassadorship and two high-level agency posts.

By voice vote, the Senate confirmed Obama campaign bundler and former Microsoft executive Suzan LeVine to be ambassador to Switzerland and concurrently  ambassador to Liechtenstein. LeVine has reportedly raised more than $1  million for Obama over his two presidential campaigns.

The Senate also voted 64 to  32 to confirm Janice M. Schneider, an environmental lawyer, to be assistant secretary of interior.

On Wednesday evening, the Senate unanimously confirmed Robert Work to be deputy secretary of defense. Work, a former Marine, served as undersecretary of the Navy from May 2009 to March 2013. Work replaces Ashton Carter, who left the job in December.

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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