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Democrats Change Senate Rule on US Presidential Nominees

In a historic rule change, the Democratic Party-led U.S. Senate has stripped Republicans of their ability to block President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees.On a nearly party-line vote, Democrats changed the Senate's balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed in the 100-member body to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters. The new rule applies only to filibusters concerning presidential nominees for government office, except...

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