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  • 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.
  • Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate

    Mr. Wilkins goes to the Senate
    It was 21 years ago last month that Harvard-educated attorney Robert Wilkins was traveling in a car pulled over for going 5 mph over the posted speed limit on Interstate 68 in Western Maryland. But rather than receive a ticket, the group, all African-...

    Cory Booker's arrival is Senate spectacle

    Cory Booker's arrival is Senate spectacle
    WASHINGTON -- Four new U.S. senators have taken the oath of office since the start of the 113th Congress but only one, Cory Booker, New Jersey’s new junior senator, has attracted much attention. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to...

    Republicans block nomination of Mel Watt to be key housing regulator

    Republicans block nomination of Mel Watt to be key housing regulator
    WASHINGTON -- The nomination of Rep. Mel Watt to be the regulator for housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed a key procedural vote Thursday because of strong Republican opposition. President Obama nominated Watt, a veteran Democrat...

    Senate all-nighter: Filibuster fallout bogs down chamber's work

    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted to confirm two more of President Obama’s stalled nominations in an unusual all-night session forced by Republican objections to the historic change to the chamber's filibuster rules. In a vote after 1 a.m. EST...