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Infuriated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) November decision to trigger the “nuclear option,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) approached the majority leader to tell him, “Harry, I’m going to kick the crap out of you,” before taking to the Senate floor to bash Reid’s flip-flop.
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"I'm sure it was an exaggeration, Candy," McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday. "If you want me to plead guilty here
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The Republican definition of bipartisanship is that Democrats have accepted the Republican demands. A Republican nuclear option, which is almost sure to follow if Republicans gain control of the Senate, will almost certainly follow their scorched earth policy.
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That explosion you heard this week was Harry Reid going nuclear, as the Senate voted 52-48 to eliminate the ability to use filibusters to block most Judicial and Executive branch nominees. Republican Senators hysterically decried the move as "a raw power grab," "Obamacare II" and "scary and dictatorial." In fact, it was Republican senators who forced the issue by filibustering nominees at an unprecedented rate, including -- for the first time ever -- a cabinet nominee. Half the nearly 170 filibusters of presidential nominees in U.S. history have happened since Obama -- who was accused of "packing" the DC district court simply for trying to fill vacancies -- took office. It's still unlikely any real solutions will come out of our gridlocked congress, but at least now the Senate can't make our other two branches of government just as unproductive. Ka-boom!
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He poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's warning to the majority party, claiming that they would one day
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to pass most executive and judicial nominees by a simple majority vote.
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But Merkley disagreed, arguing the reform is "about clearing the decks of the Senate so we can actually spend time on legislation
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he's "open" to the idea of filibuster reform for nominees, saying he sympathizes with Obama
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Former President Bill Clinton praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in a speech Wednesday, saying the Nevada Senator
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"The administration was immediately on board" with the NLRB solution, said a senior Senate aide involved in the negotiations
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Democrats have ratcheted up their threats of using the nuclear option in recent days, meaning they would employ procedural
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"It's not at all clear" how that happens, the senator said. "We could get the votes tomorrow. We could get an understanding
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Reid dismissed the idea that he would be open to a deal with Republicans that would move only some of those nominees this
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Half-measures hand power to the opponents: They make the positive impacts of law or procedural change murkier, but stir opponents to action nonetheless.
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Democrats feel equally strongly that a president who has won reelection and the voters who chose him deserve to see his policy
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"I ate sh*t on some of those nominations," Reid said in a closed-door caucus meeting on Thursday, anonymous sources present
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One key difference this time is that the rules change would not apply to judicial nominees. Senate insiders say that Democrats
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The Huffington Post's Michael McAuliff reported Tuesday: Reid hinted at his intentions on Tuesday, telling reporters he would
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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that his Democratic caucus members are becoming
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Filibusters were designed to permit the minority to demand unlimited debate and force the majority to compromise. They initially