US President Barack Obama
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Obama supports Senate rule change to curb filibusters

The US Senate has voted to change the rules on appointments of judges and other senior officials, in a move which will prevent the Republicans from blocking many White House nominations.

It means that the tactic known as filibustering, or lengthening a debate to prevent a vote, cannot be employed to stop such appointments.

Democrats argued that Republican blocking tactics were preventing the Senate from functioning. Speaking to reporters, President Obama said it was harmful to democracy.

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