This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber's top Republican is determined not to let anything ? or anyone ? derail a vote. The Senate's leader, Lt. Gov. ... more 
This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber's top Republican is determined not to let anything ? or anyone ? derail a vote. The Senate's leader, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, has scheduled a vote on the same restrictions on when, where and how women may obtain abortions in Texas that failed to become law after a Democratic filibuster and raucous protesters were able to run out the clock on an earlier special session. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by a dysfunctional and unpopular Congress that has been unable to perform basic tasks such as agreeing on a federal budget, may soon seek an unprecedented rules change in the Senate. The Nevada Democrat's aim would be to strip Republicans of their ability to stop President Barack Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees with filibusters Democratic Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, joined by executives from the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins Medical Center, called for an end to sequestration cuts of medical research budgets. less 
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Fri, Jul 12, 2013 8:43 AM EDT