WASHINGTON — President Obama's nomination of a Republican to the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is fueling optimism that there may yet be a way for the Senate to confirm several pending financial nominees.

Conventional wisdom in Washington has been that Senate Republicans will not allow any nominees — including those to lead the FDIC and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — to move forward because they are still critical of the president's controversial recess appointment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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