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Democrats Reach Breaking Point On Filibusters Is Going Nuclear The Best Option

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -
    
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats wondered how much worse it could get as they watched Senate Republicans use filibuster powers to thwart President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees.
    
Democrats hold a majority in the Senate but they finally reached a breaking point last week.
    
They said GOP obstruction had made a mockery of democracy by barring a president - a Democrat, in this case - from filling court vacancies with qualified candidates.
    
Historians may view the Senate's Thursday vote to curb some filibuster powers as an inevitable step in the relentless march of partisanship.
    
Senate Democrats invited future retaliation by Republicans, in order to let Obama fill executive jobs and vacant judgeships.
    
Republicans are pledging to get their revenge in next year's elections. They hope to pick up six Senate seats and take control.

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