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7:30 PM ET, November 21, 2013


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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
NUCLEAR OPTION TRIGGERED: Dems Make Historic Change To Filibuster Rules  —  After years of threats and warnings, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his Democratic majority on Thursday executed the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for executive branch and judicial nominees, except for the Supreme Court.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Landmark Senate Vote Limits Filibusters  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to eliminate the use of the filibuster against most presidential nominees, a move that will break the Republican blockade of President Obama's picks to cabinet posts and the federal judiciary.
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)
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Reid, Democrats trigger ‘nuclear’ option; eliminate most filibusters on nominees  —  The partisan battles that have paralyzed Washington in recent years took a historic turn Thursday, as Senate Democrats eliminated filibusters for most presidential nominations, severely curtailing …
Why Senate Democrats Had To Invoke The ‘Nuclear Option’  —  President Obama introduces three nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit  —  Well, it finally happened.  —  After five years of filibusters, obstruction, lengthy waits for confirmation …
Discussion: Taking Note and Hullabaloo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
A Move Years in the Making, With Lasting Ramifications  —  WASHINGTON — The curtailment of the filibuster, probably the most well-known aspect of the Senate in popular culture, came in a politically charged vote Thursday that had been years in the making.  It will have significant ramifications …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Don't Believe the Republican Cries of Vengeance  —  So now the Democrats have exercised the “nuclear option,” which is not particularly nuclear.  They've changed existing Senate rules so that judicial nominations can not be filibustered, but can pass with a majority vote.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Harry Reid Went Nuclear  —  Fed up with an unrelenting stream of blocked nominations, the Democratic leader makes a historic change to Senate filibuster rules.  —  Like an actual nuclear weapon, the Senate's “nuclear option” was long thought to be most effective not as a weapon but as a deterrent.
Discussion: Guardian and Prairie Weather
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: Dems Will Pay ‘Heavy, Heavy Price’ For Changing Filibuster
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Jose Delreal / Politico:
Paul on Reid: 'We've got a big bully'
Discussion: PostPartisan
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator: Nuclear Option Is ‘Obamacare II’
Discussion: Mediaite
John Boehner /
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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.”  “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.”
Robert Laszewski / Health Care Policy …:
“If You Like Your Doctor You Will Be Able to Keep Your Doctor. Period”
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: More than half back Iranian nuclear deal
Discussion: Liberaland
James Oliphant /
Love It or Hate It, Obamacare Redistributes Americans' Wealth  —  Not everyone comes out ahead as a result of the Affordable Care Act.  Somebody has to foot the bill when you shift that much wealth.  —  President Obama has said a lot of things about health care reform …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Hot Air
Richard Kim / The Nation:   The problems with the Affordable Care Act stem from government being too small and weak, not too big and powerful.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Doctors Fire up the Obamacare Waaambulance
Jason Zengerle / Politico:
The race that broke the Cheney family  —  What happened when a gay sister came between Liz Cheney and a Senate seat.  —  Liz Cheney just wanted to enjoy her milkshake.  It was a Friday afternoon in early November, and the shadows were growing longer over the flat expanse of eastern Wyoming as a hard week dragged on.
Ron Fournier /
Obama's Image Machine: Monopolistic Propaganda Funded by You  —  News organizations protest White House restrictions on independent photo coverage.  —  New York Times photographer Doug Mills strode into Jay Carney's office Oct. 29 with a pile of pictures taken exclusively …
Ari Shavit / New York Times:
How Bush Let Iran Go Nuclear  —  AMERICAN and Iranian negotiators yesterday began a second round of talks in Geneva, seeking a deal on Iran's nuclear program.  —  If such an agreement were signed, it would represent an Iranian victory — and an American defeat.
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
Obama's Race for the Cure  —  The President's second term may hinge on how fast his health care reform can recover  —  A good President needs a big comfort zone.  He should be able to treat enemies as opportunities, appear authentic in joy and grief, stay cool under the hot lights.
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere  —  The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy …
Discussion: Guardian, emptywheel, Techdirt and RT
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Chastises People For Giving To The Homeless: 'You're An Enabler'  —  According to Fox News, this woman is likely a scammer, alcoholic, or addict who doesn't deserve your help.  —  CREDIT: AP  —  I don't throw around the term “hero” lightly, but it takes a special kind of person …
Discussion: Mediaite
Byron Tau / Reuters:
Tea party groups can't shield donors, FEC rules  —  The Federal Election Commission declined on Thursday to grant a tea party group the same exemption from disclosure that it has long granted to left-wing political parties.  —  The panel voted 3-2 against a proposal that would have allowed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sam Baker /
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