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Democrats ditch U.S. Senate rule blamed for Washington gridlock

A change of rules on Capitol Hill. Using the so-called "nuclear option," Democratic-controlled Senate stripped the ability of Republicans to block presidential nominations. Now, the Senate needs a vote of only 51 - from 60 - to end filibusters against presidential nominees. The new rule won't apply to Supreme Court nominees. Historically - filibusters have been used to delay executive and judicial nominees from assuming their roles - a tool President Barack Obama called "reckless and relentless." (SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The vote today I think is an indication that a majority of Senators believe, as I believe, that enough is enough." The move came after Democrats' frustration at Republicans for using the filibuster to block Obama's appointments to the D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals -- the nation's second highest court. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (SOUNDBITE) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYING: "But today

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