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Is the Senate about to 'go nuclear'?

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) listens as Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) speaks after the U.S. Senate voted to fund the federal government and raise the debt limit at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 81-18 to pass the proposal hammered out earlier in the day by Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Via Roll Call:

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., really might make a procedural move Thursday that would change the way the Senate does business.

Senior Senate Democratic aides have said throughout the week that action was possible before Thanksgiving to set a new Senate precedent ending the need for 60 votes to limit debate on the vast majority of presidential nominations. What’s being floated would only leave out the Supreme Court, likely in a nod to concerns of liberal groups like those advocating for abortion rights.

Democrats have telegraphed the effort, which would involve the “nuclear option,” since it would effectively change the rules with a simple majority of Democratic senators.

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