``While some liberal political groups have pushed for a quick recess appointment that bypasses the need for Senate confirmation, such a move appears highly unlikely for now. One person familiar with the discussions said officials were likely to seek a nominee who would pose few problems gaining Senate confirmation, a sign that a recess appointment isn't being considered for now.

A recess appointment would be unlikely before a nominee has had a full Senate hearing because it would risk poisoning relations with Senate Republicans during negotiations over the "fiscal cliff" and ahead of confirmation hearings for other high-level positions such as Treasury secretary, secretary of state, and chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.''

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