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Filibuster Compromise Averts Senate Showdown

A bipartisan deal averts a Senate showdown over judicial nominees that had been expected Tuesday. The agreement was reached by seven senators from each party but does not have the support of either party's leaders.

Republicans won the right for up-or-down votes on three appeals court nominees; Democrats won assurances that the Senate won't bar the use of judicial filibusters.

 

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NPR News' Brian Naylor is a correspondent on the Washington Desk. In this role, he covers politics and federal agencies.