Democratic leader heads to Senate rule showdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is driving toward new rules that would help President Barack Obama win confirmation for some of his nominees.
   
But the move might strip future senators of their prized ability to delay action.
   
Reid plans to keep pushing to let nominees win approval with a simple majority, instead of the 60-vote threshold that has stalled many nominations.
   
All 100 senators are invited to a closed-to-the-public meeting Monday evening to seek a compromise.
   
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Reid's move would, quote, "change the core of the Senate."

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