Q&A: What Is the Nuclear Option? Why a filibuster was important.

Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) A divided Senate voted to ease the confirmation process for most presidential nominees, a step that limits the ability of Republicans to block Obama’s choices for executive-branch and most judicial posts. Here, we explain the so-called nuclear option. (Updated at 1 p.m.) What is the nuclear option?…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid paves way for Totalitarian rule with new Filibuster rules

Senate Adopts New Rules on Filibusters Proposal Reduces Vote Total to 51 From 60 on Most Presidential Nominees Janet Hook And Kristina Peterson Updated Nov. 21, 2013 1:01 p.m. ET A bitterly divided Senate voted Thursday to ease the confirmation process for most presidential nominees, a momentous and potentially risky step that limits the ability…

White House admits it was behind rumor that GOP leader told Obama ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ during tense government shutdown meeting

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:28 EST, 24  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 15:11 EST, 24 October 2013     Senator Dick Durbin claimed that a senior Republican  House member blew up at President Obama during tense government-shutdown  talks The White House admitted Thursday that it was  the source of a phony quote attributed…

Letter tainted with ricin or poison sent to Republican senator Roger Wicker

Envelope intercepted before reaching Capitol Hill tests positive three times as politician given extra security protection Dan Roberts in Washington guardian.co.uk,  Tuesday 16 April 2013 19.28 EDT Republican senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi, who has been sent a letter which has tested positive for ricin or a similar poison. Photograph: Handout/Reuters The febrile security mood…