Senate leaders appeared close to a deal on to resolve a standoff over the future of the filibuster, as Republicans prepared to give Democrats a majority vote on the first director of the Consumer ... more 
Senate leaders appeared close to a deal on to resolve a standoff over the future of the filibuster, as Republicans prepared to give Democrats a majority vote on the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Senate leaders struck a deal to avoid the "nuclear option," as Republicans relented and allowed a series of President Barack Obama's stalled nominees to move forward toward confirmation. Sens.Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas,two Republicans beloved by the Tea Party,are joining Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand in the effort to curb military sexual assaults by-removing-such-cases-from-the-chain-of-command,giving the New York Democrat a bipartisan boost less 
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Tue, Jul 16, 2013 1:44 PM EDT