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Trade Offers Contrast Between Obama, Senate Democrats

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators of both parties worked Wednesday to revive trade legislation that’s a top priority for President Barack Obama, a day after Obama’s fellow Democrats repudiated him nearly unanimously on the issue. Despite intense lobbying by Obama, every Democratic Read More

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Reid Opposes Obama Court Pick

DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of the Obama administration’s staunchest allies in Congress, announced his opposition Thursday to Michael Boggs’ nomination to the federal bench, dealing a strong if not fatal blow to the former Georgia Read More

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Senate’s Filibuster Rule Change Should Help Obama Achieve Key Second-Term Priorities

[The Washington Post] The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress. The Read More

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Nine Reasons The Filibuster Change is a Huge Deal

[The Washington Post] 1. The change the Senate made today is small but consequential: The filibuster no longer applies to judicial or executive-branch nominees. It still applies to bills and Supreme Court nominations. 2. Well, technically it still applies to all bills and Supreme Court Read More

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Reid Considering Change to Nominations Rules

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he’s considering changing his chamber’s rules to make it harder for minority Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s nominations, a warning shot that suggested Democrats might soon use their power Read More

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Rift Among Democrats Stalls Effort to Reverse Rise in College Loan Rates

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate coalition on Wednesday blocked a Democratic proposal to retroactively cut interest rates on higher education loans in half, leaving any student loan rescue in doubt and laying bare divisions among Democrats about how to resolve the dispute. The bill pushed Read More