David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.
With a party line 51-48 vote, Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, forced a rule change limiting amendments to a bill once a filibuster is defeated.
It gets complicated, but in essence it reduces the power of the minority party to influence legislation.
It’s a radical move for the Senate, which has traditionally devised procedures to protect the rights of the minority party.
As Politico reports, the move “infuriated Republicans and put an already bitterly divided chamber on edge as Senators from both sides of the aisle traded angry accusations over whether the fight would fundamentally limit the rights of the minority party.”
Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.