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November 21st, 2013
04:52 PM ET

How Chris Christie took over the Republican Governors Association

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - There wasn't room for the two of them.

In the fall of 2012, with the presidential race in full swing, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, two prominent Republican governors with well-known national ambitions, were engaged in a different kind of campaign.

Behind the scenes, both men were aggressively jockeying for a plum political gig: The chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association, a coveted post for any aspiring presidential candidate.

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November 21st, 2013
04:35 PM ET

Senators sang a different tune on the 'nuclear option' back in 2005

America is now living in the aftermath of a nuclear strike – metaphorically speaking, of course.

The Senate Democrats changed the rules Thursday so that now it only takes a simple majority vote of 51 to break a filibuster on executive and judicial nominees, instead of 60 votes under the old rules.

It's referred to as the "nuclear option."

Democrats pulled a "Dr. Strangelove" out of frustration over Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's nominees to an unprecedented degree. And today's action did not require both parties turning the launch keys.
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