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9:45 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.
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Landmark Vote, Senate Limits Use of the Filibuster  —  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.
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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Partisan Fever 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 …
Discussion: NBC Politics
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: Dems Will Pay ‘Heavy, Heavy Price’ For Changing Filibuster  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that Democrats would “pay a heavy, heavy price” for changing the Senate rules for judicial and executive nominees.  —  “They're governed by the newer members... who have never been in a minority …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Why Harry Reid Went Nuclear
Discussion: 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’
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
James Oliphant /
Love It or Hate It, Obamacare Redistributes Americans' Wealth
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
Sam Baker /   Obamacare Delays May Create Election Bomb for Democrats
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Robert Laszewski / Health Care Policy …:
“If You Like Your Doctor You Will Be Able to Keep Your Doctor.  Period”  —  I think you can guess who said that.  —  Actually, here is what the President said at the American Medical Association Meeting in July, 2009—and likely lots more times: … We have all heard this repeated many times before in recent weeks.
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.
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, Techdirt, emptywheel and RT
Sean Higgins / Washington Examiner:
Pro-immigration protesters storm Eric Cantor's condo, promise same for Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS VIRGINIA IMMIGRATION SENATE JOHN BOEHNER BORDER SECURITY ERIC CANTOR BOB GOODLATTE  —  A group of about 60 pro-immigration reform activists late Wednesday evening stormed …
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Monique Garcia / Chicago Tribune:
Signed and sealed: Illinois 16th state to legalize gay marriage
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Trey Radel checks into rehab
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Ikea removes lesbian couple from Russian edition of magazine
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Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Swallow expected to resign today
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Chastises People For Giving To The Homeless: 'You're An Enabler'
Discussion: Mediaite
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Byron Tau / Reuters:
Tea party groups can't shield donors, FEC rules
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
Good news, California: Surplus is $2.4 billion
Paul Krugman:
Real Entitlement Reform
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP on ObamaCare: Let it self-destruct