Democrats grit teeth as Senate begins hearings on Trump Cabinet


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As the first two nominees of President-Elect Donald Trump go before U.S. Senate confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Democrats admit they have little chance to derail any of those nominees, unless GOP Senators turn against one of Mr. Trump’s picks, all because of a Senate rules change engineered in 2013 to help President Obama.

When Democrats used the “nuclear option” to take away a 60 vote requirement to end filibusters against administration nominees, that not only helped Mr. Obama – but now it will greatly aid Mr. Trump as well.

“I argued against it at the time,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer admitted [More]