Dems Use 'Nuclear Option' to Tilt Appeals Court

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Senate Democrats are starting to use the new power they granted themselves to stack America's top appeals court with President Barack Obama's nominees.

Two weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used the so-called "nuclear option" to wipe out the long-standing Senate filibuster rule.

Republicans had used that rule to challenge any of Obama's judicial nominees they had questions about. Democrats have used it against Republican presidents as well.

With that check and balance now removed, Democrats are ramping up plans to fill the nation's second most powerful court with Obama nominees.

Within the next few weeks Senate leaders plan to give Democrats a three-seat majority on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That's the court most likely to hear cases against any executive actions taken by the president.

Once that court is filled with Obama's nominees, the president may have more allies if his executive actions get challenged.

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