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Senate Democrats have gutted the filibuster, but that doesn’t mean President Obama’s 240 judicial and executive branch nominees will now sail to confirmation.

Republicans outraged over what they say was a power grab by Democrats have signaled they intend to make it difficult to clear most of the president’s nominees.

While only 51 votes are needed to end debate on a nominee, rules still require 30 hours of debate once cloture is invoked.

That means hours of precious Senate floor time that leaders also want to use for other issues.

Nonetheless, allies of the White House predict a “good chunk” of their priority nominees will clear before the Senate concludes its final two weeks of work in 2013.

Here are the nominations Obama wants the most.

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