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Patricia A. Millett
Fixing the filibuster [Editorial]
Fixing the filibuster [Editorial]

While there may be some bruised feelings and anger left behind in the aftermath, the so-called "nuclear option" unleashed Thursday by Senate Major Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats hardly seems worthy of its destructive billing. It means only that from now on in judicial nominations other than those for the Supreme Court, the majority will no longer have to muster 60 votes to win confirmation. That Senate Republicans immediately compared the change in Senate rules to Obamacare — a non sequitur if ever there was one — was only symptomatic of the political polarization that required such a change in the first place. Reining in the filibuster was necessary because...

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