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    Senate Votes to Limit Filibuster

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 09:  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) speaks as Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) (R) and Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray listen during a rally at the Senate steps October 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. On the ninth day of a government shutdown, Senate Democrats said they will negotiate with the Republicans after the government reopens.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    In a 52-48 vote, the Senate voted to change rules to limit Republicans’ power to filibuster the president’s executive-branch appointments and judicial nominations. Speaking before the Senate earlier in the day, Majority Leader Harry Reid called the need for change "obvious." Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insists that Democrats are waging a “fake fight” over “judges that aren't needed” in effort to distract attention away from the Obamacare quandary. All Republicans voted against the move, joined by three Democrats.

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