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Senate votes to curb filibusters

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WASHINGTON — In a victory for Democrats, the Senate has voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president’s nominees for judges and other top posts.

The mostly party-line vote was 52-48. It came today after a series of procedural moves and angry accusations from both parties’ leaders.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid complains that Republican gridlock has prevented the chamber from functioning.

But Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats are using…

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