Nuclear option

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks after the Senate voted 52-48 to invoke the so-called nuclear option, voting to change Senate rules on the controversial filibuster for most presidential nominations with a simple majority vote. McConnell warned that the Democrats would face consequences.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) looks on as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks after the Senate voted 52-48 to invoke the so-called nuclear option, voting to change Senate rules on the controversial filibuster for most presidential nominations with a simple majority vote. McConnell warned that the Democrats would face consequences.

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