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Harry Reid Nuclear Option

Filibuster Reform Shrinking Judicial Vacancies

AP | By ALAN FRAM | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after curbing filibusters, Democrats are aggressively pushing President Barack Obama's judicial nominees through the ...

McCain Threatened To 'Kick The Crap Out' Of Harry Reid

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

Infuriated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) November decision to trigger the “nuclear option,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appro...

Half Measures

Bob Seay | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

The Republican definition of bipartisanship is that Democrats have accepted the Republican demands. A Republican nuclear option, which is almost sure to follow if Republicans gain control of the Senate, will almost certainly follow their scorched earth policy.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

That explosion you heard this week was Harry Reid going nuclear, as the Senate voted 52-48 to eliminate the ability to use filibusters to block most Judicial and Executive branch nominees. Republican Senators hysterically decried the move as "a raw power grab," "Obamacare II" and "scary and dictatorial." In fact, it was Republican senators who forced the issue by filibustering nominees at an unprecedented rate, including -- for the first time ever -- a cabinet nominee. Half the nearly 170 filibusters of presidential nominees in U.S. history have happened since Obama -- who was accused of "packing" the DC district court simply for trying to fill vacancies -- took office. It's still unlikely any real solutions will come out of our gridlocked congress, but at least now the Senate can't make our other two branches of government just as unproductive. Ka-boom!

'It's Like Hiroshima... Of Voting!'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Jon Stewart opened Thursday's "Daily Show" with the biggest news of the day: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the so-called "nuclear option"...

Nuclear Option Provides Relief For Dispirited Dems

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — By limiting the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama's nominees, Senate Democrats sought to placate the party's ...

Ryan Grim

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled the trigger Thursday, deploying a parliamentary procedure dubbed the "nuclear option" ...

Jennifer Bendery

Key Senate Democrats Say They're Finally Ready For The 'Nuclear Option' On Filibuster Reform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats who were previously opposed to changing filibuster rules via the "nuclear option" are so fed up with GOP obstruction of...

Clinton: Reid 'Worked Magic'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) in a speech Wednesday, saying the Nevada Senator "worked magic" on a deal ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

How The Fight To Blow Up The Senate Saved Elizabeth Warren's Consumer Board | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 8, 2011, Senate Republicans blocked the confirmation of Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's nominee to head his signature ...

Michael McAuliff

'Nuclear' Threat Eases In Senate Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appeared to be stepping back from the "nuclear option" Tuesday morning, with a group of Republicans led by Sen. John McCain (...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Edges Closer 'Nuclear' Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate edged closer to a historic showdown over presidential appointments Monday night, with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pre...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Ready For Filibuster Reform: 'It's Time For Course Correction' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his toughest talk yet on the matter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Monday that a change to Senate filibuster ru...

Half-Baked Filibuster Reform: Democrats Poised to Screw It Up, Again

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Half-measures hand power to the opponents: They make the positive impacts of law or procedural change murkier, but stir opponents to action nonetheless.

Reid, McConnell Spar Over Filibuster

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Proposed changes to Senate rules would either ease the way for President Barack Obama to assemble his second-term team or permanent...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

Harry Reid Said He 'Ate Sh*t' On Filibustered Obama Nominations: Report

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) regrets waiting so long to push for filibuster reform in the Senate and allowing Republicans to hold up sev...

Dem Senator Counters GOP On Filibuster 'Falsehood'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) circulated a memo to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday outlining the history of the use of the so-called nuclear option...

Reid To Address Nuclear Option With Senate Dems

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with his Democratic caucus on Thursday to decide how hard they will press for filib...

Michael McAuliff

Reid Tees Up Filibuster Fight | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Tuesday that his Democratic caucus members are becoming so frustrated with Republica...

Reid, Dems Issue Filibuster Threat

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by a dysfunctional and unpopular C...

Influential Conservative: Time To Bust The Filibuster

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may have just landed an influential ally on the right in his potential new bid to reform the Senate's filib...

Reid: Filibuster 'Shouldn't Be Abused'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a taped television interview Tuesday that abuse of the filibuster must end, but added that he still...

Sabrina Siddiqui

John McCain Battles With Tea Party | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain's latest feud with the tea party senators he infamously branded "wacko birds" has prompted many to question why the Ari...

Reid Goes 'Nuclear'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told top advisers that he is prepared to take action if Senate Republicans block three upcoming nominat...