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Nuclear Loving & Why Men Still Earn More Than Women—THE EDGE Brought to You By Philips

November 21, 2013

By Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) and Laura Ryan (@NJljryan)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Nominees for executive- and judicial-branch positions now need only 51 votes to advance through the Senate, thanks to Democrats' decision Thursday to change the chamber's rules. Reid corralled support from all but three Democrats—Carl Levin, Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor—to overcome unanimous Republican opposition. The change is known as the "nuclear option," because measured rhetoric is for chumps. Elsewhere, Janet Yellen is one step closer to leading the Federal Reserve after the Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination, and journalists grapple with their own drug use as they report on the high times of others.


SENATE DEPLOYS NUCLEAR OPTION. HERE'S WHAT THAT MEANS: Filibusters on executive-branch and lower-court judicial nominees are gone, but this change importantly doesn't include picks for the Supreme Court. Reid's move effectively closes a decade-long debate on appropriate filibustering of nominees, especially those tapped for the D.C. Circuit Court. Dems quickly took advantage of their new authority, voting to end the filibuster on Patricia Millett's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Matt Berman, NJ)


HOW DID HARRY REID PULL IT OFF? Only three Democrats broke ranks and voted against changing the rules of the game.The Senate majority leader does not rule over his Democratic colleagues with an iron fist, so how is he so good at keeping his caucus in line? For starters, he's sensitive to their electoral needs, and he's good at listening to needy members. Reid is so good at his job that even Republicans are openly impressed. Said Orrin Hatch: "I'm amazed that they stick together as well as they do." (Goldmacher/Catalini, NJ)

HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? There are three reasons why Reid actually hit the red button this time. Blame the Gang of 14, Chuck Grassley, and Democrats who have never been in the minority. (David Weigel, Slate)

IN CASE IT WASN'T CLEAR, THIS IS A BIG DEAL: And because we all love lists, here are nine reasons why. (Ezra Klein, WaPo)

YELLEN CLEARS SENATE BANKING VOTE: Janet Yellen got one step closer to become the world's most powerful woman today after the Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination on a 14-8 vote to run the Federal Reserve. Yellen earned support from Republicans Bob Corker, Mark Kirk, and Tom Coburn, with Joe Manchin acting as the lone Democratic defector. (Manchin did not play well with the team today.) Yellen had already been expected to gain confirmation when 60 votes was needed pre-nuclear Senate, so today's rule change only makes her confirmation that much more inevitable. (Catherine Hollander, NJ)

TREY RADEL DENOUEMENT: The freshman Republican announced from Florida late last night that he was taking a leave of absence from Congress and would donate his salary to charity, but he did not reveal any plans to resign. (Levine/Parks, ABC News)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: A number of events will take place to honor the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. Arlington National Cemetery will hold a private wreath-laying ceremony at 8:30 a.m.; click here for live streaming. The Newseum is also hosting a daylong series of events beginning at 10:00 a.m. Obama and Biden will meet with King Mohammed VI of Morocco at the White House. Hagel will be in Halifax to meet with Canadian Minister of National Defense Rob Nicholson. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is expected to participate in a roundtable discussion on comprehensive immigration reform at the Casa de Maryland Multicultural Center. The House and Senate are in session.


JOURNALISTS AND DRUGS: Radel's and Rob Ford's scandals have us wondering: What would happen if journalists had to disclose their drug habits? (Ben Terris, NJ)

BIDEN HEARTS SANDWICHES: Uncle Joe loves Delaware and sandwiches. But he really loves sandwiches from Delaware, and he thinks the Senate should too. (Philip Bump, The Wire)

GENDER PAY GAP ALIVE AND WELL: Women may be leaning in, but men are still leaning further. Men earn more because they work more overtime. (Lauren Davidson, Quartz)

CONGRESSMOMS: Female members of Congress aren't waiting until their kids flee the nest, and that's a good thing (see above). (Kat Stoeffel, NY Mag)

WINDOW TO THE PAST: This interactive New York Times feature let's you take a look at the paper's coverage of the JFK assassination and the immediate aftermath. (NYT)

AMERICA'S HUNGER GAMES: Can the blockbuster series inspire political hunger in millennials? (Stephen Marche, Esquire)

HYPERBOLE-AND-A-HALF: "Nuclear option" is a dumb phrase, but D.C. loves over-the-top war metaphor. (Brian Resnick, NJ)


ACA'S NOT-SO-INVISIBLE HAND: There will be winners and losers in the inevitable redistribution of wealth resulting from the Affordable Healthcare Act. (James Oliphant, NJ)

JFK'S VISION OF PEACE: JFK's nephew recounts his uncle's vision for peace—a vision that has long since receded from the horizon. (Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rolling Stone)

OBAMA'S SINKING CREDIBILITY: How Obama went from walking on water to a crawl, and why he must regain his footing for the sake of America. (The Economist)

ENLISTING POST-DADT: One gay man's troubling story of life in the Army after the "don't ask, don't tell" law was repealed. "I don't care if you're straight as long as you can shoot straight." (Elspeth Reeve, The Wire)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: The polls don't lie, Obama is officially ousted from the cool kids' table. Never one to be outdone by Canada, the U.S. ones up Canada. And Rep. Trey Radel was just doing his patriotic duty. (Reena Flores, NJ)

THINK YOU ARE SMAHTAH THAN A HAHVAHD STUDENT?: Watch Harvard students struggle to name the capital of Canada. But you obviously know the answer, eh? (Boston Magazine)
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