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Time to to shut down the filibuster?

Senate Democrats have what they think may be a unique window of opportunity to tame the filibuster power that the Republican minority has used so effectively in recent years to foil the Democratic agenda. Normally, it takes a two-thirds majority to change Senate rules, one reason the filibuster system that has contributed to Senate paralysis hasn’t been touched since 1975. But on the first day of a new session, a simple majority is enough to change rules and on Wednesday Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., plans to take advantage of that to alter the way the Senate operates. It’s uncertain that
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