Going nuclear:  Senate Democrats dropped a filibuster bomb yesterday. By a 52-48 vote, they ended the minority party’s ability to filibuster most presidential nominees. The change allows Senate to end debate on executive and judicial branch nominees with a simple majority rather than a supermajority of 60 votes.  Republicans are not amused. They warned Democrats that they will regret their action especially if they lose control of the Senate.  Both parties are guilty of political hijinks involving filibusters. Now the question is what kind of fallout will result from the so-called nuclear option? “They will pay a very, very heavy price for it,” veteran GOP Sen. John McCain says. Confused?  Check out the nuclear option explainer.



50 years later:  If you were alive at the time,  you probably remember where you were when President John F. Kennedy fell to an assassin’s bullets in Dallas.  There are a lot of indelible images from that period. Little John F. Kennedy’s salute to his dad on the day of his funeral.  Jackie Kennedy’spink suit and matching hat the day her husband died.  President Kennedy’s image of youth and charisma, even in black-and-white photos.   Skeptics still doubt  Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he killed the 35th President of the United States.  And  as the nation remembers the senseless act, conspiracy theories abound decades later. We’ll have that and more on our anniversary coverage.

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