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Monday, July 15, 2013

Senate Nears Showdown Over ‘Nuclear Option’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. (AP)

This week in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid may use the so-called “nuclear option” to push through stalled presidential nominations.

The option would allow Reid to end filibusters of executive branch nominees with only a majority — 51 votes — rather than 60.

NPR’s Charlie Mahtesian explains what that could mean for the future of filibusters and the minority party.

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