Nuclear option

Mitch McConnell used the "nuclear option" to reduce debate time on most lifetime court picks from 30 hours to two.
But it's not over. Mitch McConnell is ready to use the contentious "nuclear option" to get this done.
Ellen Weintraub plans to block lawyers from defending the FEC against suits so courts can compel the agency to enforce the law.
There seems to be a bitter determination to undo everything that Obama did.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) threw his support behind ending judicial filibusters, even as he warned using the “nuclear option” to do so may do “irreparable harm” to the Senate and the judiciary.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if he changes the Senate rules to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, it will be the Democrats’ fault.
Yes, Democrats. But in the "what goes around, comes around" scheme of things, I wonder what current Senate Republicans will
And, if you feel very strongly about your position, you can communicate that in a way that politicians will definitely understand
Will she be hounded by the accusation that she doesn't have a true "mandate" from the people?
With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the November election may decide the fate of all three branches of the United States government. That's a pretty unique situation, and it may boost turnout on both sides of the aisle.
Iran may be ready to resume talks if alternatives arise to physical inspection of the non-nuclear sites. One possibility
Sen. John McCain has an explanation for Obama administration appointees whose confirmation votes are languishing in the GOP
Rep. Mo Brooks argued that Senate Majority Leader should use the nuclear option to change the Senate rules and pass the bill to defund President Obama's immigration actions.
The senator said he wants to go even further. Under current rules, even though only a majority is needed, the Senate must
A Republican Senate is pretty much an iron-clad guarantee of the return of "fiscal cliffs" and "government shutdowns" and "hostage-taking" and all the rest of the budgetary games Republicans are known for playing.
The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.
Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.
The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.
Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.