US clears way for Brennan to head up CIA
The US Senate has cleared the way for the likely confirmation of Irish-American John Brennan to head the CIA.
This occurred after the Obama administration bowed to demands from Republicans and specified limits on the president's authority to order drone strikes against American citizens on US soil.
A vote to end debate on the nomination followed quickly after Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Senator Rand Paul, who staged a 13-hour talkathon.
Mr Brennan's credentials to head the CIA – he worked at the spy agency for 25 years – were scarcely mentioned in a final 24 hour-stretch of political and constitutional drama surrounding his nomination.