Harry Reid’s ‘Nuclear’ Agitation Began During Fight Over Chuck Hagel

Senate Republicans went to great lengths in February to prevent Chuck Hagel, once one of their own, from becoming defense secretary. The fight was among the nastiest Washington has ever seen over an executive nomination. But Hagel eventually was confirmed, and relations between Hagel and his former GOP mates seemed to be warming. Some of…

Think Life in a Filibuster-Free Senate Will Drive John McCain Into Retirement? Think Again.

The Senate’s “maverick”, John McCain, was angry Thursday, repeatedly lamenting Democratic leaders for ditching the famed filibuster for judicial and executive branch nominees. But if you think the “nuclear option” is a last straw for the longtime Arizona Republican that will prevent the 79-year-old, five-term senator to opt against running for another term, think again.