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.
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One of the most significant cases scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court this term threatened to obliterate the standard for alleging racial discrimination in housing. But as many expected, the parties have announced a tentative settlement, which would avert for the second time a potential adverse ruling by the conservative Roberts Court.