Anatomy of Senate confirmations - CNNPolitics.com: Televised Senate confirmation hearings are a sight to behold.
Nominees for top Cabinet posts are grilled by senators for hours -- sometimes even days. Every club they joined, political donation they made or article they wrote is scrutinized. And while historically Cabinet appointees are almost always confirmed by the Senate, the process along the way is not always drama-free.
The big battles will begin to unfold this week when some of President-elect Donald Trump's top nominees are slated to be grilled before Senate committees.
Here is an inside look at the process from start to finish.
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