By allowing the majority of Senators to "advise and consent" on executive branch nominees -- without giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a virtual veto, the Senate could allow major progressive change in an array of areas beyond just the federal courts.
The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a request by the Tea Party Leadership Fund to be exempted from campaign disclosure laws, based on alleged "sustain harassment and severe hostility" to Tea Party activists by the federal government and the general public.
With all but four of the FEC's employees furloughed until the shutdown's end, voters in Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New Jersey may not have any opportunity to see who is trying to influence their votes.
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