While everyone seems to be focused on the melodramatic race for the Democratic Presidential nomination, a few things are actually happening in Congress.

The Senate Monday confirmed a Chicago judge to serve as the Number 2 attorney general in the justice department.

The approval of Mark R. Filip, 41, came as part of a deal between the White House and Congressional Democrats to move long-stalled executive appointments.

Such deals have been announced in the past. Most have fallen apart.

Reports Dan Eggen of The Washington Post:

The appointment comes after months of partisan wrangling over presidential nominations and followed a discussion earlier yesterday between Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and White House Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten, according to legislative aides and administration officials.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley said that Bolten “pledged to improve the stalled nomination process” and that the Senate’s voice vote in favor of Filip was “in return and a sign of good faith.”

White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said the sides had agreed to procedural changes to help move nominations along. “We look forward to working constructively with the Senate majority leader to ensure that all Republican and Democratic nominees receive fair consideration and swift confirmation,” she said.

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