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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The Democrats' naked power grab  —  “Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789.  —  If Congress wasn't broken before, it certainly is now.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will get a short-term lift for his nominees, judicial and otherwise, but over the immediate horizon, the strong-arm move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to limit filibusters could usher in an era of rank partisan warfare beyond …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Nine reasons the filibuster change is a huge deal  —  1. The change the Senate made today is small but consequential: The filibuster no longer applies to judicial or executive-branch nominees.  It still applies to bills and Supreme Court nominations.  —  Goodbye, filibuster.  (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Senate's filibuster rule change should help Obama achieve key second-term priorities  —  The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change …
John Dickerson / Slate:
The Old Senate Was Already Dead  —  Passing filibuster reform just made it official.  —  If West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd were still in the Senate, it would be fascinating to see which side of the recent filibuster debate he would take.  Byrd was a defender of Senate traditions …
New York Times:
Democracy Returns to the Senate  —  For five years, Senate Republicans have refused to allow confirmation votes on dozens of perfectly qualified candidates nominated by President Obama for government positions.  They tried to nullify entire federal agencies by denying them leaders.
Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
NUCLEAR: REID, DEMOCRATS DESTROY FILIBUSTER, 52-48
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Norm Ornstein: Republicans Forced Reid's Hand On The Nuclear Option
Roger Pilon / National Review:
Harry Reid's Nuclear Hypocrisy
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: Dems Will Pay ‘Heavy, Heavy Price’ For Changing Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
The Daily Beast:   Why the Filibuster Had to Go  —  By Jamelle BouieNovember 21st 20132:15 PM
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees
Dan Merica / CNN:
The man who coined the term ‘nuclear option’ regrets ever pursuing it
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Harry Reid Went Nuclear
Discussion: Guardian and Prairie Weather
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Paul on Reid: 'We've got a big bully'
Discussion: Reuters and PostPartisan
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator: Nuclear Option Is ‘Obamacare II’
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama approval rating sinks to new low in CNN poll  —  Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama's approval rating hits another all-time low, a new national survey also indicates that Americans say the President has less power than congressional Republicans when it comes to shaping events over the next year.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: JFK tops presidential rankings for last 50 years  —  Washington (CNN) - John F. Kennedy is the most popular president of the last half century, according to a new national poll  —  A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicates that 90% of all Americans approve of how Kennedy handled his job as President.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Health Law Is Dividing Republican Governors  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Republicans are planning to use the troubled health law against Democrats in next year's midterm elections, but the Affordable Care Act is increasingly dividing their party, too.  —  At the annual meeting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Scott Walker / Wall Street Journal:
How to Win the Obama-Walker Voters  —  If conservative principles are the problem, then why are so many Republicans in office who campaigned on them?  —  In the wake of the 2012 elections, Republicans are being warned once again that they need to compromise their principles to win at the ballot box.
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
Older hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices  —  Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they'll pay under Obamacare, and they're scrambling to find a cure.  —  “In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found …
John Boehner / Speaker.gov:
My Attempt to Sign Up For Health Care … Earlier this afternoon, I sat down to try and enroll in the DC exchange under the president's health care law:  —  Like many Americans, my experience was pretty frustrating.  After putting in my personal information, I received an error message.
Bloomberg:
Insurers to Get Extra Month to Set 2015 Obamacare Rates  —  The Obama administration plans to push back by a month the second-year start of enrollment in its health program to give insurers more time to adjust to growing pains in the U.S. law, a move that may stave off higher premiums before the 2014 congressional elections.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama holds off-record meeting with MSNBC hosts, liberal pundits  —  President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with MSNBC hosts and liberal pundits on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.  —  Present at the meeting: MSNBC's Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, Washington Post economics blogger Ezra Klein …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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