Nov 21 2013

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The “Nuclear Option” or less dramatically, ending the judicial filibuster

Posted at 5:02 pm under Law Library,New

Today the US Senate voted 52-48 to end what has of late become the routine practice of filibustering  high-level Presidential appointments.

Despite the hyperbole—the Huffington Post ran an article with a nuclear cloud detonation under the headlines, “Senate Detonation: Reid Nukes Filibuster“— this move has been considered for a few years now. Clearly, as the chart highlights, the use of the  filibuster to block high-level executive appointments has accelerated under a Republican minority in the Senate.

Opinion is, of course, all over the proverbial map on this issue.  Here are some recent articles to peruse so you can impress the folks back home with your legal prowess at the Holiday table next week:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/11/21/heres-the-nuclear-option-debate-explained-in-two-charts/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/21/us-usa-senate-nominees-vote-idUSBRE9AK11420131121

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/191042-dems-reid-may-go-nuclear-thursday

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