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Obama Bypasses Senate to Appoint Ambassadors to Syria and Turkey

President Barack Obama bypassed the Senate today to appoint two career diplomats as ambassadors to countries critical to the execution of his Middle East strategy.

The recess appointments of Robert Ford as ambassador to Syria and Francis Ricciardone as ambassador to Turkey fill “key administration posts that have been left vacant for an extended period of time,” the White House said in an e-mailed statement.