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RNC: States Will Confirm Romney in Alphabetical Order

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) -- At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, when the Republican National Convention reconvenes after taking a recess for Tropical Storm Isaac, the first order of business will be officially to nominate Mitt Romney.

Romney is to be nominated through a roll call, in which each state plus American-held territories will vote for the candidate. When Romney hits 1,144 votes, he will have officially clinched the GOP nomination for president. The order of the voting will proceed alphabetically, which means that theoretically, Missouri will be the state to put Romney over the top. After Missouri has voted, 1,148 votes will have been submitted.

It is possible that some delegates will abstain, or will vote instead for one of the candidates who has dropped out of the race, meaning that it’s possible the 1,144 threshold will be pushed back, beyond Missouri.

It’s not uncommon for the delegation from the candidate’s home state to be the one to put him over the required delegate threshold. In 2008, Arizona delayed its vote so that it could be the one to make Sen. John McCain the nominee.

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Senate Questions CIA Nominee Gen. David Petraeus

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At his confirmation hearing Thursday to become the new CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus told Senate lawmakers that his current role in Afghanistan will have no bearing on how he'll assess the war as chief of the nation's top spy agency.

Petraeus, who commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said, "I have sought to provide the most accurate view possible.  My goal has always been to ‘speak truth to power’ and I will strive to do that as director of the CIA."

The four-star general also told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he has no plans to bring "my military brain trust with me."

Petraeus already has close ties with the CIA when he organized so-called "fusion cells" with the agency to strike at al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Once he's installed as CIA chief to replace Leon Panetta, the new defense secretary, Petraeus pledged to continue a "relentless" pursuit of al Qaeda operatives.

On another issue, Petraeus acknowledged that President Obama's decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer may be "more aggressive" than what he preferred but admitted that the president had more considerations beyond military plans.

“The fact is, there has never been a military commander in history who has had all the forces that he would like to have, for all the time, with all the money, all the authorities, and nowadays all the bandwidth as well,” Petraeus said.

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White House Counsel Wants Faster Confirmation of Judges

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Calling the current high number of judicial vacancies nationwide "a matter of urgency," White House Counsel Bob Bauer Tuesday pledged to work with the new Congress to reverse the "slow crawl" of confirmations.

"We will do what it takes to break the gridlock," Bauer said.

Currently 101 of the 875 judgeships are vacant, and 48 of those are considered “judicial emergencies” because the cases filed have exceeded the capacity of judges to hear them.

In a speech at the National Press Club, Bauer said he would decline to assign blame for the climate enveloping the confirmation process on the Hill. Republicans contend that the administration has been slow to nominate judges and Democrats say that Republicans are delaying votes unfairly. Bauer said that over the years both parties have been to blame for the gridlock. He said that the administration has talked to Republican and Democrat senators behind the scenes and that both have privately admitted that the system is broken down.

Before his murder in Arizona, Judge John Roll also made the issue a priority. He asked the chief judge of the 9th Circuit to declare a state of judicial crisis in his district because the judges were overwhelmed. On the day of his death, Roll was hoping to thank Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for her support on the issue.

After Roll’s death, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit told the Los Angeles Times that he hoped the White House and the Senate would move quickly to ease the judicial emergency.

"I hate to take advantage of such a tragedy but if this brings public attention to the pressing need of filling vacancies then that would be a welcome result," Kozinski said.

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